Brian Herr

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Brian Herr
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Former candidate for
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFairview High School (1980)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pittsburgh (1984)
Master'sHarvard (1994)
Campaign website
Brian Herr was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.[1][2][3] He was defeated by incumbent Ed Markey (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.



  • 1994: Harvard, Government
  • 1984: University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Engineering
  • 1980: Fairview High School


Herr files ethics complaint

Herr issued a statement on March 17, 2014, saying he filed a complaint against incumbent Ed Markey with the Senate ethics committee.[5][6] Herr accused Markey of using his position to manipulate stock.[5] Markey was under fire for writing letters to federal regulators urging an investigation into the nutritional supplement firm Herbalife.[5]

"All you have to do is connect the dots to easily see that Sen. Markey used his public office to manipulate the stock of a publicly traded company in order to financially benefit a campaign donor," Herr said.[5]


On The Issues Vote Match

Brian Herr's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Herr is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative. Herr received a score of 52 percent on social issues and 68 percent on economic issues.[7]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[8]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[7] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2014

Herr ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent Massachusetts.[1] Herr ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014. He was defeated by incumbent Ed Markey (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 59% 1,289,944
     Republican Brian Herr 36.2% 791,950
     Write-in Other 0.1% 3,078
     Blank None 4.7% 101,819
Total Votes 2,186,791
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State Official Results

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