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Brad Staats

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Brad Staats
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 5
Bachelor'sOral Roberts University
ProfessionBusinessman, former performing artist
Campaign website
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Brad Staats was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Tennessee.


Campaign themes

According to Staats' website, his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: "The solutions to our economic problems have not and will not come from bureaucrats in Washington. It’s irresponsible to think we can spend our way out of debt."
  • Healthcare: "Having access to affordable healthcare is important. However, providing healthcare is not the role of the federal government."
  • Immigration: "That’s why we should support those who come here with the same dreams as our forefathers and follow the proper and legal path to citizenship."[1]



See also: Tennessee's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Staats was defeated by incumbent Jim Cooper.[2] Staats ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 5th District. He defeated Justin Jones, Bob Ries, John Smith, and Tracy Tarum in the August 2 Republican primary. He faced incumbent Jim Cooper (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 65.2% 171,621
     Republican Brad Staats 32.8% 86,240
     Green John Miglietta 2% 5,222
Total Votes 263,083
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Staats 26.4% 5,462
Justin Jones 16.4% 3,381
Bob Ries 26.2% 5,422
John Smith 20.3% 4,200
Tracey Tarum 10.7% 2,212
Total Votes 20,677

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Staats' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Staats lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Staats' campaign committee raised a total of $46,183 and spent $45,440.[4]

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Staats and his wife Bethany have four children.

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