Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie Bio, Age, Wiki, Family, Wife, Voting Record, Congressman, Salary and Net Worth

Thomas Massie born Thomas Harold Massie is an American entrepreneur, inventor and Republican politician who has been the United States Representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district since 2012.

Thomas Massie Wiki

Thomas Massie born Thomas Harold Massie is an American entrepreneur, inventor and Republican politician who has been the United States Representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district since 2012.

Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie Biography

Massie earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He participated in the MIT Solar Car Club, which took second place behind a Swiss team in the Solar and Electric 500 at the Phoenix Raceway in Phoenix, AZ, in 1991. At the time, the team set various world records including a lap speed in excess of 62 mph (99 kmph) and straight-away speeds in excess of 70 mph (112 kmph).

Massie won MIT’s then-named 2.70 (“Introduction to Design and Manufacturing”, now named 2.007) Design Competition in 1992. It is rare that a non-Mechanical Engineering student to win this contest. MIT professor Woodie Flowers, who pioneered the 2.70 contest, mentioned that Massie watched this contest on television in seventh grade and wanted to come to MIT to win this contest.

In 1993, at MIT, Massie and his wife began a company called SensAble Devices Inc. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in the same year and wrote his Bachelor’s thesis “Design of a three degree of Freedom force-reflecting haptic interface”.

In 1995 Massie won the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for inventors and the $10,000 David and Lindsay Morgenthaler Grand Prize in the sixth annual MIT $10K Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition. The company was re-incorporated as SensAble Technologies, Inc., in 1996 after partner Bill Aulet joined the company. The cooperation raised $32 million of venture capital, had 24 different patents and 70 other employees.

Massie completed his Master’s degree (SM) in 1996 and his master’s thesis was titled “Initial haptic explorations with the phantom : virtual touch through point interaction”. Massie sold the company and he and his wife moved back to their hometown in Lewis County. They raised their children on a farm, where he built his own off-the-grid timberframe house.

Massie defeated Bill Adkins in 2012 in the special and general elections to represent Northern Kentucky in Washington, D.C. Before joining congress, he was Judge-Executive of Lewis County, Kentucky, from 2011 to 2012. Massie also ran a start-up company based in Massachusetts, where he previously studied robotics at MIT. He is an engineer by practice and education. Thomas Massie has been described as a libertarian Republican and is associated with the House Liberty Caucus.

Thomas Massie Age

Thomas Harold Massie was born on January 13, 1971 in Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.

Thomas Massie Family

Thomas Massie was born in Huntington, West Virginia and grew up in Vanceburg, Kentucky. Massie met his wife Rhonda in high school in Vanceburg. His father was a beer distributor.

Thomas Massie Wife

Massie is married to Rhonda Massie since 1993.

Thomas Massie Children

The couple live in Garrison, Kentucky with their four children. Massie operates a cattle farm.

Thomas Massie Height

Information will be updated soon.

Thomas Massie Salary

Thomas’ salary is $10k to $50k per year.

Thomas Massie Net Worth

Thomas Massie has an estimated net worth of an estimated net worth of $2,666,000.

Thomas Massie Lewis County Judge Executive

Massie pursued the office of Judge Executive of Lewis County in 2010. He won the primary election, defeating the incumbent by a large margin and went on to defeat his Democratic opponent by nearly 40 points. He also campaigned for then-U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul, speaking to various Tea Party groups on his behalf. In June 30, 2012, Massie resigned as Lewis County Judge-Executive, effective.

Thomas Massie U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

Congressman Geoff Davis announced in December 2011, his decision to retire from his seat in Kentucky’s 4th congressional district. Massie announced on January 10, 2012 his decision to join the race. He was endorsed by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rand’s father, Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

Massie also received endorsements from Freedom Works, Club for Growth, Gun Owners of America and Young Americans for Liberty. Thomas Massie was elected as the Republican nominee for the 4th congressional district on May 22, 2012, beating his closest opponents, State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, by a double-digit margin. During his victory speech, Massie thanked “the Tea Party, the liberty movement and grassroots Ronald Reagan Republicans”. He was challenged by Democrat Bill Adkins in the general election and was expected to win the election by a wide margin.

On June 30, 2012, Massie resigned as Lewis County Judge-Executive, effective, in order to focus on his campaign for U.S. Congress and allow an election to be immediately held in order to replace him. Massie was succeeded by Deputy Lewis County Judge-Executive John Patrick Collins, who was appointed temporarily by Governor Steve Beshear. Congressman Geoff Davis resigned from office on July 31, 2012, citing a family health issue for his abrupt departure.

The Republican Party committee for Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district voted unanimously on August 1, 2012, to endorse Massie as the party’s nominee once a special election was called. A special election was called by Governor Steve Beshear to take place on the same day as the general election, November 6, 2012. This meant that Massie would be running in two separate elections on the same day—one for the right to serve the final two months of Davis’ fourth term, another for a full two-year term.

Massie won both the general and special elections on November 6, 2012. In both elections, Massie defeated his opponent by a wide margin.

Thomas Massie Tenure

On November 13, 2012, Massie was sworn into office to serve out the balance of Geoff Davis’s term. He served on three committees, including the committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology. Massie became Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, replacing outgoing Chairman Ben Quayle.
Massie was the sole member of the House to vote “present” on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of Iran’s nuclear agreement, citing constitutional concerns that the treaties are not ratified by the House of Representatives and that he had no authority to vote for or against the nuclear deal.

Massie broke from the majority of his party by opposing the reelection of Speaker of the House John Boehner, instead casting his vote to Justin Amash of Michigan a Republican Congressman. Massie voted against the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 in May 2013, which passed 390 to 3. He was the only congressman to vote against the Undetectable Firearms Act in December 2013.

Massie, voted against a bill to name Israel an American strategic partner in March 2014. He voted no because this bill would have subsidized green energy companies in Israel. Massie said he would not support subsidies for American green energy companies, let alone foreign ones. Nevertheless, the bill passed by a margin of 410-to-1. Massie objected to a voice vote to award golf star Jack Nicklaus in May 2014, a gold medal recognizing his “service to the nation” and demanded a roll call vote.

The vote passed easily, 371 to 10. Through mid-June 2014, he had voted “no” at least 324 times in the 113th Congress – opposing one of every three measures that came to the House floor. He was named “Mr. No” by Politico. Massie voted in November 2016, against an extension of U.S. sanctions against Iran, the only member of the House to do so.

Massie identifies himself as a constitutional conservative. Massie believes in intellectual property and thinks it is necessary for incentivizing innovation. He has remarked that this is one of the areas in which he does not identify as libertarian.Massie introduced a one-page bill in 2017 that would abolish the United States Department of Education and cosponsored a bill that would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

Massie expressed skepticism in April 2017, over the role of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the 2017 Khan Shaykhun chemical attack. Massie was the sole House member to vote against sanctions on North Korea on May 4, 2017, which the final vote was 419-1.

Massie joined Reps in July 2017. Justin Amash, John Duncan Jr. (R-TN) and Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in opposing a bill that would impose new economic sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea. President Trump opposed the bill, pointing out that relations with Russia were already “at an all-time and dangerous low”. Massie did, however, sign the bill though likely out of political pressure.

Massie voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 29, 2017. Before voting, Massie stated he would support the bill in order to cut taxes, but that he would oppose “new government spending,” despite the $1.5 trillion estimated to be added to the national debt according to the Congressional Budget Office in wake of the bill being passed.

In Conservative Review Top 25 Conservatives list, Massie is ranked number 1 as of January 2019. Massie was one of fourteen Republicans to vote on March 26, 2019, with all House Democrats to override President Trump’s veto of a measure unwinding the latter’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

Massie signed a letter in 2019 led by Ro Khanna and Senator Rand Paul to President Trump asserting that it is “long past time to rein in the use of force that goes beyond congressional authorization” and that they hoped this would “serve as a model for ending hostilities in the future — in particular, as you and your administration seek a political solution to our involvement in Afghanistan.”

Massie was also one of nine lawmakers to sign a letter to President Trump requesting a meeting with him and urging him to sign “Senate Joint Resolution 7, which invokes the War Powers Act of 1973 to end unauthorized US military participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s armed conflict against Yemen’s Houthi forces, initiated in 2015 by the Obama administration”.

They asserted the “Saudi-led coalition’s imposition of an air-land-and-sea blockade as part of its war against Yemen’s Houthis has continued to prevent the unimpeded distribution of these vital commodities which contributes to the suffering and death of vast numbers of civilians throughout the country” and that Trump’s approval of the resolution through his signing would give a “powerful signal to the Saudi-led coalition to bring the four-year-old war to a close”.

Massie got in a tense exchange (also called “one of the most asinine moments in congressional history[62]”) on April 11, 2019, with Former Secretary of State John Kerry during Kerry’s testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee when Massie called Kerry’s political science degree from Yale University a “pseudoscience degree” and called Kerry’s position on climate change “pseudoscience.” Kerry responded, “Are you serious? I mean this is really a serious happening here?”

Thomas Massie Committee assignments

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

  • Subcommittee on Government Operations
  • Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements

Committee on Science, Space and Technology

  • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Subcommittee on Technology

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Subcommittee on Aviation
  • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
  • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Caucus memberships

  • Second Amendment Caucus
  • Liberty Caucus

Thomas Massie Political positions

Abortion
Massie believes life starts at conception. Massie opposes federal funding being used for abortion services and supports defunding Planned Parenthood.

Cannabis
Massie has a “B+” rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. He supports veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence. Massie supports industrial hemp farming and expanded research into medical marijuana

Education
Massie supports dismantling the US Department of Education.

Environment

Massie has said that the evidence behind the scientific consensus on climate change is not compelling. On the topic of climate change, he said “there’s a conflict of interest for some of the people doing the research. I think some people are trying to integrate backwards, starting with the answer and working the other way. I think the jury is still out on the contribution of our activities to the change in the earth’s climate”.

Massie implied in 2013 that cold weather undercut the argument for climate change, tweeting “Today’s Science Committee Hearing on Global Warming canceled due to snow”. In a 2019 House Oversight Committee hearing on the impact of climate change, Massie suggested that concerns over rising carbon dioxide levels were exaggerated, asking a witness, former senator John Kerry, why carbon dioxide levels millions of years ago were higher despite the non-presence of humans. The The Washington Post and CNN described Massie’s exchange with the witness as “surreal” and “bizarre”.

Massie supports dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency. Massie voted to block the U.S. Department of Defense from spending on climate adaptation. Massie voted to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, which imposed stricter requirements on coal mining to prevent coal debris from getting into waterways.

After French President Emanuel Macron held a speech to Congress in 2018, where he mentioned his desire that the United States re-join the Paris Climate Accords to curb climate change, he said Macron was “a socialist militarist globalist science-alarmist. The dark future of the American Democratic Party”.

Health care
Massie supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). He criticized the Republican-led efforts in 2017, to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, saying the efforts fell “far short of our promise to repeal Obamacare”.

Thomas Massie Electoral history

Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district election (2012)

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Republican

Thomas Massie

186,036

62.13

Democratic

William Adkins

104,734

34.98

Independent

David Lewis

8,674

2.90

Total votes

299,444

100.00

Republican hold

 

Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district election (2014)

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Republican

Thomas Massie

150,464

67.73

Democratic

Peter Newberry

71,694

32.27

Total votes

222,158

100.00

Republican hold

 

Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district election (2016)

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Republican

Thomas Massie

233,922

71.32

Democratic

Calvin Sidle

94,065

28.68

Total votes

327,987

100.00

Republican hold

 

Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district election (2018)

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

Republican

Thomas Massie

162,946

62.24

Democratic

Seth Hall

90,536

34.58

Independent

Mike Moffett

8,318

3.18

Write-in

David Goodwin

12

0.005

Total votes

261,812

100.00

Republican hold

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