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Brad Wenstrup
Brad Wenstrup.jpg
U.S. House, Ohio, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJean Schmidt (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$4.60 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$998,233
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSt. Xavier High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati
OtherWilliam M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps
Years of service1998 - 2011
Personal
BirthdayJune 17, 1958
Place of birthCincinnati, Ohio
ProfessionDoctor
Net worth$2,558,015
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brad Wenstrup campaign logo
Brad Wenstrup (b. June 17, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. Wenstrup represents Ohio's 2nd congressional district and was first elected in 2012. He defeated incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt, businessman Tony Brush, businessman Joe Green and Air Force veteran Fred Kundrata in the 2012 Republican primary.

Wenstrup serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. He served as a combat surgeon in Iraq in 2005 as part of the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps.[1]

Wenstrup is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Wenstrup is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

After earning a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Wenstrup went on to establish a private practice in the Cincinnati area. In 1998, he accepted an officer's commission in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. He deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq in 2005, where he served as a combat surgeon. Wenstrup continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Wenstrup's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1999-Present: Physician, Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
  • 1998-2011: Army Reserve Officer
  • 2005-2006: Combat surgeon, Iraq
  • 1986-1999: Private practice Doctor
  • 1980-1985: Attended William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, earned a B.S. & D.P.M.
  • 1976-1980: Attended University of Cincinnati, earned a B.A.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Wenstrup serves on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Wenstrup's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[9] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[10] Wenstrup voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Wenstrup voted against HR 2775.[13]

Wenstrup donated his shutdown earnings to the Wounded Warrior Project and Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank.

“I can't accept a salary while veterans and government employees are left empty-handed. It’s not appropriate and it’s not fair," he said in a statement.[14]

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Wenstrup voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[19]

Political positions

On his campaign website, Wenstrup listed six issues that are his top priorities:[20]

Jobs and the Economy

Wenstrup has said that people in Ohio's 2nd district are struggling and need more jobs, but government intervention and regulation prevent job creation. He says that government strangles small businesses.

Excerpt: "The people who live here want to work – they are willing and able. They want leaders who will advance policies that will attract more businesses – and the jobs that come with them – to Southwest Ohio."

National Security

Wenstrup, who was a Combat Surgeon in Iraq, applauds the killing of Osama Bin Laden. But, he advocates remaining active in combating terrorism to keep the U.S. safe. Wenstrup also supports securing the borders.

Excerpt: "Whether it’s Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or other places around the world – there are still far too many havens for terrorists who want to kill Americans. Starting with securing our borders and continuing with increased emphasis on intelligence gathering and expanded use of Special Forces teams like Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, we must remain active and vigilant to ensure our nation remains safe and free."

Gun Rights

Wenstrup is a proud gun owner who promises to work to ensure the rights for law-abiding citizens to have guns if elected. Wenstrup also says he will be vigilant in ensuring Congress and the courts to infringe on gun rights.

Excerpt: "Like so many other Ohioans, I’m frustrated that our constitutional right to keep and bear arms continues to be under attack by liberals and anti-gun zealots. Unfortunately, even the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision reaffirming that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual’s right to keep and bear arms was upheld only by a single vote."

Good Government

Citing Congress' record-low approval rating and frustration over partisan fighting and ethics violations, Wenstrup says that if elected, he will lead in Washington.

Excerpt: "And I won’t go to Washington and fade into the background – I’ll stand up and speak out. It’s time we elected leaders with courage to face our problems. Too many people we elect go to Washington and become one of “them.” If you send me to Washington, I’ll remind them that they are one of 'us.'"

Abortion

Wenstrup is strongly pro-life and believes that life begins in conception. He also supports Family First and Right to Life. Wenstrup also promises to fight federal funding for abortion.

Excerpt: "One of the dangers inherent in Obamacare is that federal funding for abortion will be codified. In Congress, I’ll support efforts to ensure that doesn’t happen. Further, I’ll work to make sure our nation isn’t supporting a culture of abortion around the world by rejecting funding for the UN’s controversial Population Fund."

Health Care

Wenstrup opposes President Obama's health care bill. He believes the bill hurts patients and doctors and will fight to repeal it in Congress.

Excerpt: "We must all work to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with patient-centered solutions such as the ability to keep insurance between jobs and states. We need to encourage more Health Savings Accounts for routine office visits and minor medical expenses. And we must adopt additional lawsuit abuse reform to make sure good doctors can afford to treat patients."

Campaign attacks

In February 2012, Wenstrup's campaign spokesperson, Brian Shrive, accused Schmidt of using campaign funds to pay off attorney fees from her legal battles against Democratic challenger David Krikorian. Shrive pointed to a line in Schmidt's finance report showing the congresswoman repaid herself $20,000 from a campaign loan in 2005, then around the same time, used funds from her personal bank account to pay more than $40,000 in legal debt.

Schmidt's spokesperson, Barrett Brunsman, responded, calling the charge "innuendo and lies." Brunsman then accused Wenstrip of working with Krikorian, noting that the Democrat's attorney, Christopher Finney, recently held a fundraiser for Wenstrup[21]

Wenstrup has also questioned Schmidt's trustworthiness and has cited Schmit's past ethics controversies to suggest the Congresswoman has lost the support of her constituents. In a meeting with the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board, Wenstrup pointed to when Schmidt unknowingly allowed the Turkish American Coalition to pay her legal fees. Wenstrup: "How can [Schmidt] sit on a foreign affairs committee when she owes $500,000 to a special interest group?" Schmidt's spokesperson responded saying, "Voters know Jean Schmidt well, and she has earned their trust by focusing on actual issues."[22]

Media

In February 2012, Wenstrup did an interview with WLWT News Channel 5.

Wenstrup media interview (February 24, 2012).

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Wenstrup is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Ohio's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Wenstrup won the election to the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 2nd District. Wenstrup defeated incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt, businessman Tony Brush, businessman Joe Green and Air Force veteran Fred Kundrata in the primary on March 6, 2012.[23][24]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[25] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[25]

U.S. House, Ohio District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic William R. Smith 41.4% 137,077
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Wenstrup 58.6% 194,296
Total Votes 331,373
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Ohio's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Wenstrup 48.7% 42,482
Jean Schmidt Incumbent 42.9% 37,383
Fred Kundrata 3.4% 2,999
Tony Brush 4.9% 4,275
Joe Green 0% 29
Total Votes 87,168

Ads

In February 2012, Wenstrup released his first radio ad. In it, he attacks Schmidt for being too close to President Barack Obama.

2009

In 2009, Wenstrup ran for Mayor of Cincinnati, challenging incumbent Mayor Mark Mallory (D). Wenstrup lost in the general election, however, with 46 percent of the vote.[26]

Endorsements

Wenstrup received endorsements from the following:

  • Ohio Veterans United[27]
  • Combat Veterans for Congress PAC.[28]
  • Anderson Tea Party[29]
  • Clermont Liberty PAC [30]
  • Ohio Liberty Council[31]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wenstrup is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wenstrup raised a total of $998,233 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[32]

Brad Wenstrup's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 2) Won $998,233
Grand Total Raised $998,233


2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wenstrup’s reports.[33]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wenstrup’s reports.[34]

Brad Wenstrup (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$105,242.77$70,922.03$(72,106.61)$104,058.19
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$104,058.19$175,127.98$(97,951.66)$181,234.51
October Quarterly[37]October 14, 2013$181,234.51$151,507.88$(72,070.00)$260,672.39
Year-End Quarterly[38]December 31, 2013$260,672.00$98,989.00$(68,051.00)$290,109.00
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$290,109.51$97,559.00$(89,975.97)$297,692.54
Running totals
$594,105.89$(400,155.24)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Wenstrup's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Wenstrup won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Wenstrup's campaign committee raised a total of $998,233 and spent $892,990.[40]

Cost per vote

Wenstrup spent $4.60 per vote received in 2012.

According to FindTheData, in the fourth quarter of 2011, Wenstrup raised $151,290. By the end of 2011, his campaign had spent $68,885, and he started 2012 with $97,404 cash on hand. Ninety-eight percent, or $148,790 of the money Wenstrup raised came from individual contributions.[41]

Analysis

Voting with party

2013

Wenstrup voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[43]

Wenstrup most often votes with:

Wenstrup least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Wenstrup missed 0 of 108 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[44]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Wenstrup's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,291,018 to $2,825,012. That averages to $2,558,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[45]

Personal

Wenstrup is married to Monica. They are expecting their first child in November 2013.[46]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 usabrad.com Bio December 30, 2011
  2. National Journal, "Ohio, 2nd House District," November 6, 2012
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Campaign website "Issues" Accessed February 15, 2012
  21. Cincinnati Enquirer "GOP foes in 2nd district House race dive into mud" Accessed February 17, 2012
  22. Cincinnati Enquirer "Wenstrup questions Schmidt's trustworthiness" Accessed February 24, 2012
  23. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named concede
  24. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  26. Wikipedia.org "Election Results, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio" Accessed February 17, 2012
  27. Examiner.com "Brad Wenstrup receives Ohio Veterans United endorsement for US Congress"Continue reading on Examiner.com Brad Wenstrup receives Ohio Veterans United endorsement for US Congress," Accessed February 17, 2012
  28. CombatVeteransforCongress.org Accessed February 17, 2012
  29. campaign website "Press Release" Accessed February 22, 2012
  30. campaign website "Press Release" Accessed February 22, 2012
  31. Cincinnati Enquirer "Tea Party group endorses Wenstrup in Ohio's 2nd district" Accessed February 24, 2012
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Brad Wenstrup" Accessed March 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Brad Wenstrup Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Wenstrup Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Wenstrup April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Wenstrup July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Wenstrup October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Wenstrup Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 6, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Brad Wenstrup April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  40. Open Secrets "Brad Wenstrup 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  41. FindTheData.org "Wenstrup, Brad - 2012 Ohio House Candidate" Accessed February 17, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  43. OpenCongress, "Brad Wenstrup," Accessed August 8, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Brad Wenstrup" Accessed April 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org "Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  46. Heard on the Hill, "Brad Wenstrup Prepares for First Child", accessed October 1, 2013
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Jean Schmidt (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio, District 2
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