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Larry Bucshon
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U.S. House, Indiana, District 8
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.D.University of Illinois
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Reserve
Years of service1989-1998
Date of birthMay 31, 1962
Place of birthTaylorville, Illinois
ProfessionHeart Surgeon
ReligionLutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Office website
Campaign website
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Larry Dean Bucshon (b. May 31, 1962) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bucshon was elected by voters from Indiana's 8th congressional district. He is running for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bucshon is a "moderate Republican follower".[1]


Bucshon was born on May 31, 1962 and raised in Kincaid, Illinois, in central Illinois.[2] Bucshon attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and, upon receiving his bachelor’s degree, attended medical school at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Following medical school Bucshon completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery, and then remained there to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. During this time he also enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve and served for almost a decade.[2]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Bucshon serves on the following committees:[3]


Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Larry Bucshon voted with the Republican Party 96 of the time, which ranked 11 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[7]



See also: Indiana's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Bucshon is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 8th District. Bucshon defeated Kristi Risk in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Dave Crooks in the November 6 general election.[8][9]

U.S. House of Representatives Indiana, District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Bucshon Incumbent 58% 34,511
Kristi Risk 42% 24,960
Total Votes 59,471


Bucshon was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the 8th district race in 2012.[10] On April 24, 2012, Bucshon was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.[11]


On November 2, 2010, Buchson won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated W. Trent VanHaaften (D) and John Cunningham (Libertarian) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 8th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry D. Bucshon 57.5% 117,259
     Democratic W. Trent VanHaaften 37.4% 76,265
     Libertarian John Cunningham 5% 10,240
Total Votes 203,764

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Bucshon's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Bucshon won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Buchson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,043,071 and spent $1,024,952.[13]

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District 8

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[14] Todd C. Young, representative from Indiana's 9th congressional district ranked 10th on the list.[14] The article notes that in the redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, Young benefited from taking pockets of Republicans from Bucshon’s district next door in the 8th district and adding them into Young's 9th district, resulting in a vulnerable District 8.[14]


Bucshon and his wife Kathryn reside in Warrick County with their four children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Ellsworth
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 8
Succeeded by