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Adam Daniel Kinzinger
Birthdate: Feb. 27, 1978
Birth Place: Kankakee, IL, United States
Residence: Mateno, IL
First Elected: 2010
District: District 16
Undergraduate: Illinois State University
Adam Kinzinger was born in Kankakee, Ill., and now resides in Mateno. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father was an executive who ran Home Sweet Home Ministries, a Christian-based nonprofit that helps homeless and hungry people.
Kinzinger earned a bachelor's from Illinois State University 2000. In 1998, while he was a student, he ran for the McLean County Board and won. He served two terms.
His first job after college was as a sales representative for STL Technologies, based in Bloomington. Kinzinger worked there until 2003, when he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot. He is also a captain with the Air National Guard.
Kinzinger, is engaged to fellow pilot, Air Force Capt. Riki Meyers. He has no children.
First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger won an intense primary fight in March 2012 against longtime U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo. The match-up in northern Illinois was the only incumbent vs. incumbent race in Illinois and was sparked by a new congressional map drawn by Democrats.
Kinzinger's home was drawn into Democratic U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district and the Republican said he chose to run against Manzullo because the new 16th District _ which curves through a large swath of north-central Illinois _ contained much of his old district.
Kinzinger, who won in 2010 with heavy tea party support against one-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson in Illinois' 11th District, was among five Republican freshmen congressmen elected that year.
Kinzinger is a fiscal and social conservative, serving as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. During his 2012 campaign, he portrayed himself as the "new generation" of Republicans. He is one of the youngest members of Congress.
"Voters want to put that faith in the new generation of conservative leaders," he said on the 2012 primary election night.
Kinzinger has touted his military experience heavily and often says he was inspired by 9/11 to join the military. He served three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.
"I've served my country in uniform because I feared for our nation's safety, now I fear for us economically," he said. "I want to serve you again in Congress to help defend America financially."
In March 2010, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Kinzinger, praising his military service, including his combat missions abroad.
During his 2010 campaign, Kinzinger vocally opposed President Barack Obama's 2010 health care legislation by holding numerous town hall meetings and criticizing Halvorson's support of it.
Source: Associated Press
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