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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Thomas Massie (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 4th Congressional District. He assumed office on November 13, 2012. His current term ends on January 3, 2023.

Massie (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. House to represent Kentucky's 4th Congressional District. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Massie is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Prior to serving in Congress, Massie was the judge-executive of Lewis County, Kentucky.

Massie was born and raised in Vanceburg, Ky., and then went to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he earned his undergraduate degree and then later a master's degree. Massie and his wife started SensAble Technologies where they sought to market products. Eventually they moved back to Kentucky where they started a farm.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Massie's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2013-Present U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 4th Congressional District
  • 2003-Present: Farmer
  • 2010-2012: Judge-executive, Lewis County
  • 1993-2003: Founder, chairman, chief technology officer, SensAble Technologies
  • 1994-1996: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned an M.S.
  • 1989-1993: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a B.S.

Caucuses/Former Committees

Member, Fourth Amendment Caucus, present

Member, Republican Study Committee, present

Former Member, Committee on Oversight and Reform, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Energy Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Oversight Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Science, Space, and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Government Operations, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, United States House of Representatives

Education

  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • BS, Electrical Engineering/Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

Professional Experience

  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • BS, Electrical Engineering/Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer, SensAble Technologies, 1993-present

Political Experience

  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • BS, Electrical Engineering/Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer, SensAble Technologies, 1993-present
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, Kentucky, District 4, 2012-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Kentucky, District 4, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Judge Executive, Lewis County, Kentucky, 2010-2012

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Fourth Amendment Caucus, present

Member, Republican Study Committee, present

Former Member, Energy Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Oversight Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Science, Space, and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, United States House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Committee on the Judiciary

Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Member, Subcommittee on Aviation

Member, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Member, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management

Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Policy Positions

2021

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position

Crime

Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
- Unknown Position

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- No

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
- No

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- No

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
- Unknown Position

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- No

2019

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- No

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Yes

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Unknown Position

Congress Bills
Elections

2020

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District election, 2020 (June 23 Democratic primary)

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District election, 2020 (June 23 Republican primary)

General election
General election for U.S. House Kentucky District 4

Incumbent Thomas Massie defeated Alexandra Owensby in the general election for U.S. House Kentucky District 4 on November 3, 2020.

Thomas Massie (R)
67.1%
256,613 Votes

Alexandra Owensby (D)
32.9%
125,896 Votes

Total votes: 382,509

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4

Alexandra Owensby defeated Shannon Fabert in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4 on June 23, 2020.

Alexandra Owensby
58.4%
41,531 Votes

Shannon Fabert
41.6%
29,557 Votes

Total votes: 71,088

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4

Incumbent Thomas Massie defeated Todd McMurtry in the Republican primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4 on June 23, 2020.

Thomas Massie
81.0%
68,591 Votes

Todd McMurtry
19.0%
16,092 Votes

Total votes: 84,683

Candidate profile

Thomas Massie

Image of Thomas Massie

Website Facebook Twitter

Party: Republican Party

Incumbent: Yes

Political Office:

U.S. Representative (Assumed office: 2012)

Lewis County judge-executive (2010-2012)

Biography: Massie received a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 1993 followed by an M.S. at M.I.T. in 1996. While in school, he founded SensAble Technologies, Inc. based on technology he invented. He later returned to Kentucky where he began to farm cattle.

Key messages

  • Massie said he would defend the Constitution and said, "The role of government is to preserve our God-given individual rights to life, liberty, and property."

  • Massie said, "I enthusiastically supported and voted for President Trump in 2016" and added, "I have vigorously defended him against the impeachment sham." He argued that McMurtry opposed Trump.

  • Massie said his position on the House Oversight Committee "puts him in a position to hold the federal government accountable to taxpayers."

Sources: Facebook, "Thomas Massie for Congress," accessed April 6, 2020, Massie 2020 campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 6, 2020, YouTube, "Todd McMurtry | The Trump Hater," January 31, 2020; Congressman Thomas Massie, "Full Biography," accessed April 6, 2020, BioGuideRetro, "Massie, Thomas (1971-)," accessed April 6, 2020, The Daily Independent, "Lewis judge-executive files for congressional seat," January 31, 2012



2018

David Goodwin ran as a write-in candidate.

General election
General election for U.S. House Kentucky District 4

Incumbent Thomas Massie defeated Seth Hall and Mike Moffett in the general election for U.S. House Kentucky District 4 on November 6, 2018.

Thomas Massie (R)
62.2%
162,946 Votes

Seth Hall (D)
34.6%
90,536 Votes

Mike Moffett (Independent)
3.2%
8,318 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
12 Votes

Total votes: 261,812

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4

Seth Hall defeated Patti Piatt and Christina Lord in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4 on May 22, 2018.

Seth Hall
40.8%
17,862 Votes

Patti Piatt
37.5%
16,442 Votes

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Christina Lord
21.7%
9,510 Votes

Total votes: 43,814

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4

Incumbent Thomas Massie advanced from the Republican primary for U.S. House Kentucky District 4 on May 22, 2018.

Thomas Massie

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • Joshua Neace (Independent)
  • Sayre O'Cull (D)


2016

rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Thomas Massie (R), the only Republican to file in the race, won re-election to his third term in 2016. He faced Calvin Sidle, the only Democrat to file, in the general election. The primary elections took place on May 17, 2016. The general election took place on November 8, 2016.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie Incumbent 71.3% 233,922
Democratic Calvin Sidle 28.7% 94,065
Total Votes 327,987
Source: Kentucky Secretary of State

2014

Massie ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 67.7% 150,464
Democratic Peter Newberry 32.3% 71,694
Total Votes 222,158
Source: Kentucky Secretary of State

2012

Massie ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Kentucky's 4th District. Massie won the nomination on the Republican ticket. Massie defeated Alecia Webb-Edgington, Gary Moore, Brian Oerther, Tom Wurtz, Marc Carey and Walter Christian Schumm in the Republican primary. He defeated Bill Adkins (D) and David Lewis (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 62.1% 186,036
Democratic Bill Adkins 35% 104,734
Independent David Lewis 2.9% 8,674
Total Votes 299,444
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 Republican Primary, 2012

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 44.8% 19,689
Alecia Webb-Edgington 28.6% 12,557
Gary Moore 14.8% 6,521
Brian Oerther 0.6% 257
Tom Wurtz 1.4% 598
Marc Carey 1.8% 783
Walter Christian Schumm 8% 3,514
Total Votes 43,919

Race background

Thomas Massie defeated six contenders in the Republican Primary and received approximately 45 percent of the vote. He received endorsements from several tea party organizations and candidates, and was considered a political outsider. Alecia Webb-Edgington received approximately 30% percent of the vote. She was considered the establishment candidate and had been endorsed by outgoing Representative Geoff Davis and former Sen. Jim Bunning.

Massie's Campaign received backing from the super PAC Liberty for All, which is owned by James Ramsey, a 21 year old, Texas resident. This super PAC spent approximately a $500,000 in the primary election.

Kentucky's 4th District was considered solidly Republican.

Special election

U.S. Representative Geoff Davis announced his resignation on July 31, 2012. Kentucky held a special election to fill Davis' seat, which he initially planned to leave at the end of 2012.

As required by the U.S. Constitution, Kentucky had to schedule a special election to fill the remainder of Davis' term, which ended in January 2013. The election was scheduled for November 6, 2012.

Endorsements
FreedomWorks endorsed Massie on March 17, 2014.
FreedomWorks endorsed Massie on March 17, 2014.
U.S. Senator Mike Lee
Speeches
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Events

2020

Oct. 13
Boone County Early Voting Kickoff

Tue 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Boone Woods County Park Burlington, KY

Jun. 16
Massie For Congress Phonebank, Postcards, & Pizza

Tue EDT

Thomas Massie Florence, KY