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Brad Wenstrup
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U.S. House, Ohio, District 2
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJean Schmidt (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$998,233
Term limitsN/A
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
Date of birthJune 17, 1958
Place of birthCincinnati, Ohio
Net worth$2,558,015
Office website
Campaign website
Brad Wenstrup campaign logo
Brad Wenstrup 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 March 6, 2012 primary.[1]

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.[2]

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.


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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Wenstrup's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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


Wenstrup serves on the following committees:[4]


Political positions

On his campaign website, Wenstrup listed six issues that are his top priorities:[5]

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.'"


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[6]

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."[7]


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

Wenstrup media interview (February 24, 2012).



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

Wenstrup won the election.[8] Wenstrup ran in the 2012 election for 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 March 6, 2012 primary.[1]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republican holds its majority in 2013.[9] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[9]

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


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


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.[10]


Wenstrup has received endorsements from the following:

  • Ohio Veterans United[11]
  • Combat Veterans for Congress PAC.[12]
  • Anderson Tea Party[13]
  • Clermont Liberty PAC [14]
  • Ohio Liberty Council[15]

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.[16]

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


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.[17]

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.[18]


Voting with party


Brad Wenstrup voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[19]

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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[21]


Wenstrup is single, and lives in Columbia Tusculum.[22]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named concede
  2. 2.0 2.1 usabrad.com Bio December 30, 2011
  3. National Journal, "Ohio, 2nd House District," November 6, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Campaign website "Issues" Accessed February 15, 2012
  6. Cincinnati Enquirer "GOP foes in 2nd district House race dive into mud" Accessed February 17, 2012
  7. Cincinnati Enquirer "Wenstrup questions Schmidt's trustworthiness" Accessed February 24, 2012
  8. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  10. Wikipedia.org "Election Results, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio" Accessed February 17, 2012
  11. Examiner.com "Brad Wenstrup receives Ohio Veterans United endorsement for US CongressContinue reading on Examiner.com Brad Wenstrup receives Ohio Veterans United endorsement for US Congress - Cincinnati veterans issues | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/veterans-issues-in-cincinnati/brad-wenstrup-receives-ohio-veterans-united-endorsement-for-us-congress#ixzz1mgDAiCx6" Accessed February 17, 2012
  12. CombatVeteransforCongress.org Accessed February 17, 2012
  13. campaign website "Press Release" Accessed February 22, 2012
  14. campaign website "Press Release" Accessed February 22, 2012
  15. Cincinnati Enquirer "Tea Party group endorses Wenstrup in Ohio's 2nd district" Accessed February 24, 2012
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Brad Wenstrup" Accessed March 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Brad Wenstrup 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  18. FindTheData.org "Wenstrup, Brad - 2012 Ohio House Candidate" Accessed February 17, 2012
  19. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  20. GovTrack, "Brad Wenstrup" Accessed April 2013
  21. OpenSecrets.org "Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  22. Cincinnati Enquirer "About Brad Wenstrup" Accessed February 17, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean Schmidt (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio, District 2
Succeeded by