Larry Bucshon

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Larry Bucshon
Larry Bucshon.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 8
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorBrad Ellsworth (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,413,712
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
BirthdayMay 31, 1962
Place of birthTaylorville, Illinois
ProfessionHeart Surgeon
Net worth$1,119,596
ReligionLutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Office website
Campaign website
Larry Bucshon campaign logo
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.

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

Bucshon won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


Bucshon was born on May 31, 1962 and raised in Kincaid, Illinois, in central Illinois.[3] 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.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bucshon serves on the following committees:[4]


Bucshon served on the following committees:[5]


Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "" According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Bucshon was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 68%.[9][10]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Bucshon voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]



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

Bucshon ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Indiana's 8th District. Bucshon defeated Kristi Risk in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Dave Crooks in the November 6 general election.[12][13]

General election

U.S. House, Indiana District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dave Crooks 43.1% 122,325
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Bucshon Incumbent 53.4% 151,533
     Libertarian Bart Gadau 3.6% 10,134
Total Votes 283,992
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Primary Election

U.S. House, 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.[14] On April 24, 2012, Bucshon was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.[15]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bucshon is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Bucshon raised a total of $2,413,712 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[17]

Larry Bucshon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Indiana, District 8) Won $1,370,641
2010 U.S. House (Indiana, District 8) Won $1,043,071
Grand Total Raised $2,413,712


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

Bucshon won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bucshon's campaign committee raised a total of $1,370,641 and spent $1,388,671.[18]


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, Bucshon's campaign committee raised a total of $1,043,071 and spent $1,024,952.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana's 8th Congressional District, 2010 - Larry Bucshon Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,043,071
Total Spent $1,024,952
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $762,359
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $762,359
Top contributors to Larry Bucshon's campaign committee
Deaconess Hospital$12,980
Peabody Energy$12,750
Republican Party of Indiana$11,082
St Mary's Medical Center$10,458
American International Group$10,372
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$177,707
Leadership PACs$104,810
Candidate Committees$29,750


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Bucshon missed 16 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Bucshon paid his congressional staff a total of $783,774 in 2011. He ranked 41st on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 46th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranked 35th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bucshon's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,112,597 and $1,126,596. That averages to $1,119,596, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 15.09% from 2010.[22]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bucshon's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $646,052 and $1,991,000. That averages to $1,318,526, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bucshon ranked 77th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[24]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bucshon ranked 68th in the conservative rankings.[25]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Larry Bucshon has voted with the Republican Party 96 of the time, which ranked 11 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[26]

Recent news

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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.[27] Todd C. Young, representative from Indiana's 9th congressional district ranked 10th on the list.[27] 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.[27]


Bucshon and his wife Kathryn reside in Warrick County with their four children.[3]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Bucshon" Accessed May 22, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Congressman Larry Bucshon "Full Biography" Accessed November 5, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressman Larry Bucshon "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed November 5, 2011
  6. Education & The Workforce Committee "Members, Subcommittees, & Jurisdictions"
  7. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology "Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight"
  8. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee "Members » Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment"
  9. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," February 27, 2013
  10. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 Primary Election Results," May 8, 2012
  13. Indiana Secretary of State "2012 primary results"
  14. NRA Political Victory Fund "Indiana" Accessed April 27, 2012
  15. Bucshon for Congress "Dr. Bucshon Endorses by U.S. Chamber of Commerce" Accessed May 1, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Larry Bucshon" Accessed April 7, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Larry Bucshon 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Larry Bucshon 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 5, 2011
  20. GovTrack, "Larry Bucshon," Accessed April 1, 2013
  21. LegiStorm "Larry Bucshon"
  22., "Bucshon (R-Ind), 2011"
  23., "Bucshon, (R-Indiana), 2010"
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Brad Ellsworth
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 8
Succeeded by