OCCUPATION: Congressman from Kentucky's 3rd District (Louisville).
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: John Yarmuth was elected to Congress in 2006, defeating incumbent Republican Anne Northup 51% to 48%. He was elected President of the Freshman Class. Two years later Northup unsuccessfully challenged Yarmuth to regain her seat. Yarmuth won easily, 59% to 40%.
EDUCATION: Yarmuth, a Louisville native, was graduated from Atherton High School and later Yale University.
PERSONAL: After working for U. S. Senator Marlow Cook, R-Ky. from 1971-1975, Yarmuth returned to Kentucky and founded Louisville Today magazine in 1976, and later (1990) LEO, a weekly alternative newspaper. Yarmuth also appeared as a regular participant on WAVE TV's political commentary show, Hot Button. Yarmuth is married to wife, Cathy. They have one son, Aaron.
2010 CAMPAIGN: Yarmuth had no opposition in the Democratic primary in May. He faces Republican Todd Lally in November. Lally defeated three other Republicans in the primary, capturing 52% of the vote.
ON THE ISSUES:
Yarmuth voted to extend unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans
Voted FOR the national health care bill: Affordable Health Care for America Act
Voted FOR the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap and Trade)
Voted FOR the stimulus act (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act)
Favors immigration reform that includes "enforcing our nation's employment laws"..and includes "employer accountability with a strong verification system, and a worker program that will protect American jobs and businesses."
Favored withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq: "It is time for the Iraqi people to take control of their own nation and security again."
Supports the Ohio River Bridges Project