Brendan Mullen

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Brendan Mullen
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 2
High schoolJohn Adams High School
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy at West Point
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Place of birthSouth Bend, Indiana
Campaign website
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Brendan Mullen was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana. He won the Democratic primary and faced Republican Jackie Walorski, Libertarian Party candidate Joe Ruiz, and Green party candidate Andrew Straw in the general election.[1]

Mullen lost his election to Republican candidate Jackie Walorski on November 6, 2012.[2]


Mullen was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.

Education: [3]

  • John Adams High School
  • United States Military Academy at West Point


  • United States Army [3]



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

Mullen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 2nd District. Mullen beat Dan Morrison in the Democratic primary and faced Jackie Walorski (R) and Andrew Straw (G) in the November 6 general election.[1] Mullen lost nine out of ten counties in his primary, but won St. Joseph County, the most populous county in the district.[4]

General election

U.S. House, Indiana District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJackie Walorski 49% 134,033
     Democratic Brendan Mullen 47.6% 130,113
     Libertarian Joe Ruiz 3.4% 9,326
     Independent Kenneth R. Lunce, Jr. (Write-in) 0% 3
Total Votes 273,475
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Primary Election

U.S. House, Indiana, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrendan Mullen 54.1% 11,218
Dan Morrison 45.9% 9,519
Total Votes 20,737


Mullen has received endorsements from the Indiana Federation of Teachers, [5] the organization VoteVets,[5] The American Association for Justice,[5] The Indiana Democratic State Central Committee, [5] and the Blue Dog Coalition PAC.[5]

Campaign themes


  • Abortion: "Pro-life"[6]
  • Gun Control: "Pro-guns"[6]



Residency challenges

Mullen has faced significant residency challenges, with opponents arguing that Mullen does not reside in the state.[7]

The NRCC produced a video to criticize the fact that Mullen allegedly has not lived in Indiana for 16 years and has 3 homes in the Washington DC area.[8]

Campaign donors


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

Mullen lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Mullen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,273,259 and spent $1,268,023.[9]


Mullen and his wife Suzanne have one daughter, Lilly. [3] Suzanne is a lawyer, working for the Republican party in the US House. She has served as a Minority Counsel and General Counsel on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee once in the majority in 2011.[10][11]

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