|U.S. House, Ohio, District 2|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jean Schmidt (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$4.60 in 2012|
|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
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Campaign themes
- 4.3 Campaign attacks
- 4.4 Media
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 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
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Wenstrup's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
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.
Wenstrup voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Wenstrup voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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.
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.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
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.
The following issues are listed on Wenstrup's campaign website:
- Jobs and the Economy: "People in Southwest Ohio have been hard hit by the economic crisis. They need help. They need more jobs. And that starts with this simple notion — government needs to stay out of the way of small businesses instead of strangling these job creators with over-regulation. 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. Brad has fought to cut burdensome government regulations and help small business owners regain the freedom they need to create jobs. He also worked to pass the “No Budget, No Pay” act, which ensures that Members of Congress won’t be paid if they don’t do their job and pass a budget."
- National Security and National Defense: "Killing Bin Laden was a significant benchmark in the War on Terror, but it wasn’t the conclusion. When serving as a Combat Surgeon with the U.S. Army in Iraq, Brad saw the effects of violent anti-American activism first hand. 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 a strong, able, and ready military, Brad believes that we must remain active and vigilant to ensure our nation remains safe and free."
- Gun Rights: "Brad is a proud gun owner, and Life Member of the NRA. Like so many other Ohioans, he's frustrated that our constitutional right to keep and bear arms continues to be under attack by liberals. Unfortunately, even recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions reaffirming that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual’s right to keep and bear arms were close votes. And President Obama is working overtime to limit the ability of law-abiding citizens to have guns. That’s why we must be vigilant to ensure that Congress and the courts don’t encroach upon our gun rights."
- Good Government and Leadership: "Some people's views of Congress have never been worse. They're simply fed up with partisan bickering, ethics violations and politicians who refuse to lead. As an Army Officer, Brad knew how to lead, and he's proven it by not going to Washington and fading into the background – He has stood up and spoken out. Instead of becoming one of "them" in Washington, Brad has fought hard to ensure that Congress represents 'us.'"
- Pro-Life: "Brad is pro-life and believes that life begins at conception. He's a supporter of organizations that support life such as Family First and Right to Life. Brad also strongly supports efforts to repeal Obamacare and halt its expansion of public funding for abortion. He'll compassionately support a culture of life in America and around the world. "
On his campaign website, Wenstrup listed six issues that were 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 also questioned Schmidt's trustworthiness and 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 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. He went on to defeat William R. Smith (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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. 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 attacked Schmidt for being too close to President Barack Obama.
Wenstrup received endorsements from the following:
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.
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|
|Brad Wenstrup (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$105,242.77||$70,922.03||$(72,106.61)||$104,058.19|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$104,058.19||$175,127.98||$(97,951.66)||$181,234.51|
|October Quarterly||October 14, 2013||$181,234.51||$151,507.88||$(72,070.00)||$260,672.39|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$260,672.00||$98,989.00||$(68,051.00)||$290,109.00|
Cost per vote
Wenstrup spent $4.60 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Ohio District 2, 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, 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.
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.
Wenstrup most often votes with:
Wenstrup least often votes with:
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, Wenstrup's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,411,042 to $3,416,000. That averages to $2,413,521, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Wenstrup ranked as the 131st most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Brad Wenstrup Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Wenstrup is married to Monica. They have one child.
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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"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- 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
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues", Accessed February 6, 2014
- 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
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- Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
- Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- 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
- 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
- Wikipedia.org "Election Results, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio" Accessed February 17, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Brad Wenstrup" Accessed March 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Brad Wenstrup Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Brad Wenstrup April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Brad Wenstrup July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Brad Wenstrup October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Brad Wenstrup Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 6, 2014
- 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"
- OpenCongress, "Brad Wenstrup," Accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Brad Wenstrup" Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- Heard on the Hill, "Brad Wenstrup Prepares for First Child", accessed October 1, 2013
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