Sue W. Kelly (born on September 26, 1936) has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1994, representing the 19th District of New York.
She was born in Lima, Ohio and raised Presbyterian. She graduated from Denison University. Prior to becoming a Congresswomen, Kelly held jobs as a small business owner, patient advocate, rape counselor, and educator. She is married to Edward Kelly, and they live in Katonah, New York. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
When Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr. decided not to seek re-election in 1994, Kelly decided to run for Congress as a Republican. Kelly defeated Fish's son to win the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2004, Kelly easily won re-election with 67f the vote in New York's 19th Congressional district despite having a Democratic opponent. Kelly claims a socially moderate and fiscally conservative voting record. A recent survey of congressional power and effectiveness by the nonpartisan Knowlegis company shows that Rep. Kelly is among the 100 most powerful lawmakers in the 435-member House. The survey also labeled Kelly as the second most powerful congressperson in the New York delegation, second only to Tom Reynolds, who is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Kelly is nonetheless a member of The Republican Majority For Choice, Republicans for Choice, The WISH List, The Republican Main Street Partnership and Republicans For Environmental Protection. Her NARAL rating is 30averaging 1994 - 2005) but 71averaging 2000-2005). Her Sierra Club rating 638th highest of Republicans, and 159th overall in the House). She has a lifetime rating of 64rom the American Conservative Union demonstrating a moderate to conservative voting record.
Fundraising numbers as of Dec. 31 show that more than half of her money comes from PACs.
In February 2006, the House voted 216 to 214 to cut domestic spending by $39 billion, primarily through reductions in the rate of increase of future Medicare spending. In particular, the average annual rate of growth of this program would go from 8.1
o 7.7ąSue Kelly and Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) were the deciding votes. She voted for the Federal Marriage Amendment to permanently ban gay marriage in all states.