|U.S. House, Ohio, District 2|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jean Schmidt (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||St. Xavier High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Cincinnati|
|Other||William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)|
|Service/branch||U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps|
|Years of service||1998 - 2011|
|Birthday||June 17, 1958|
|Place of birth||Cincinnati, Ohio|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Wenstrup's academic, professional and political career:
- 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.
Wenstrup serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Military Personnel
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
- Subcommittee on Health
On his campaign website, Wenstrup listed six issues that are his top priorities:
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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
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."
MediaIn February 2012, Wenstrup did an interview with WLWT News Channel 5.
Wenstrup media interview (February 24, 2012).
Wenstrup won the election. 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.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans hold their majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.
|U.S. House, Ohio District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William R. Smith||41.4%||137,077|
|Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Ohio's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jean Schmidt Incumbent||42.9%||37,383|
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.
Wenstrup has received endorsements from the following:
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.
|Brad Wenstrup's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 2)||$998,233|
|Grand Total Raised||$998,233|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, 2012 - Brad Wenstrup Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$0|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$0|
|Top contributors to Brad Wenstrup's campaign committee|
|American Financial Group||$20,500|
|North American Properties||$10,800|
|American Podiatric Medical Assn||$10,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$36,755|
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.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Brad Wenstrup has voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
Wenstrup is single, and lives in Columbia Tusculum.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Brad + Wenstrup + Ohio + Congress + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
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- usabrad.com Bio December 30, 2011
- National Journal, "Ohio, 2nd House District," November 6, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Campaign website "Issues" Accessed February 15, 2012
- Cincinnati Enquirer "GOP foes in 2nd district House race dive into mud" Accessed February 17, 2012
- Cincinnati Enquirer "Wenstrup questions Schmidt's trustworthiness" Accessed February 24, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- Wikipedia.org "Election Results, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio" Accessed February 17, 2012
- 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
- CombatVeteransforCongress.org Accessed February 17, 2012
- campaign website "Press Release" Accessed February 22, 2012
- campaign website "Press Release" Accessed February 22, 2012
- Cincinnati Enquirer "Tea Party group endorses Wenstrup in Ohio's 2nd district" Accessed February 24, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Brad Wenstrup" Accessed March 2013
- Open Secrets "Brad Wenstrup 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- FindTheData.org "Wenstrup, Brad - 2012 Ohio House Candidate" Accessed February 17, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
- GovTrack, "Brad Wenstrup" Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- Cincinnati Enquirer "About Brad Wenstrup" Accessed February 17, 2012
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