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
Cost per vote$9.16 in 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$1,123,977
ReligionLutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Office website
Campaign website
Larry Bucshon campaign logo
Larry Dean Bucshon (b. May 31, 1962, in Taylorville, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 8th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.

Bucshon won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1] He defeated Kristi Risk in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Dave Crooks in the general election.[2][3]

Bucshon is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bucshon is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Bucshon was born on May 31, 1962, and raised in Kincaid, Illinois, in central Illinois.[5] 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.[5]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bucshon serves on the following committees:[6][7]


Bucshon served on the following committees:[8]


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%.[12][13]

Key votes

113th Congress


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.[14] For more information pertaining to Bucshon's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[15]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Buchson voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[16]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Buchson voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[16]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Buchson voted in favor of 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.[17] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[16]


Voted "Yes" Buchson voted in support of 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.[16]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[18] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[19][20] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[20] Bucshon voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[21][22] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[22] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[23] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Bucshon voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[21]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[24] 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.[25] Bucshon voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[26]

Voted "No" 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 funded 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.[27] 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. Bucshon voted against HR 2775.[28]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Buchson voted in favor of 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.[16]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Buchson voted in favor of 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Buchson voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[16]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Buchson voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[16]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[29]

On The Issues Vote Match

Larry Bucshon's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bucshon is a Moderate Conservative. Bucshon received a score of 28 percent on personal issues and 72 percent on economic issues.[30]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[30]



See also: Indiana's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Bucshon is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[4] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Indiana District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Bucshon Incumbent 74.9% 30,944
Andrew McNeil 25.1% 10,395
Total Votes 41,339
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Indiana's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bucshon ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 8th District. Bucshon defeated Kristi Risk in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Dave Crooks in the November 6 general election.[2][31]

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"
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.[32] On April 24, 2012, Bucshon was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.[33]

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.[35]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bucshon's reports.[36]

Larry Bucshon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$88.85$136,660.00$(47,026.86)$89,721.99
July Quarterly[38]July 12, 2013$89,721.99$107,500.84$(36,105.70)$161,117.13
October Quarterly[39]October 13, 2013$161,117.13$153,464.33$(42,172.95)$272,408.51
Year-end[40]January 31, 2014$272,408$211,096$(53,545)$429,959
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$429,959$135,168$(59,807)$505,320
Running totals


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.[42] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Bucshon spent $9.16 per vote received in 2012.


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.[44]

U.S. House, Indiana District 8, 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

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Bucshon's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,105,978 and $1,141,976. That averages to $1,123,977, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Bucshon ranked as the 196th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2009 and 2012, Bucshon's calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Larry Bucshon Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-20%
Average annual growth:-7%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bucshon is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[51]

Bucshon most often votes with:

Bucshon least often votes with:

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 January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

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 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.[53]

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.[54]


Bucshon ranked 68th in the conservative rankings.[55]

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 98% of the time, which ranked 24th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]

District 8

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[57] Todd C. Young, representative from Indiana's 9th Congressional District ranked 10th on the list.[57] 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.[57]


Bucshon and his wife Kathryn reside in Warrick County with their four children.[5]

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External links

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  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Preceded by
Brad Ellsworth
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 8
Succeeded by