|U.S. House, Illinois, District 13|
|Bachelor's||Eastern Illinois University, University of Arizona, and Southern Illinois University|
|Other||Veterinary College at the University of Illinois (1982)|
Firsching was born in Ohio in 1956, and grew up with his parents in Georgia and then Illinois.  He attended Eastern Illinois University, the University of Arizona, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary College at the University of Illinois in 1982. 
- 1983: Started his own business: Fort Russell Veterinary Service
- 1997-2001: Member of the Edwardsville School Board
- 2002-2004: Trustee for the Holiday Shores Sanitary District
- 2006-2008: Member of the Madison County Regional School Board
Firsching ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 13th District. Firsching sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.  The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.
Firsching and candidate Frank Metzger were defeated by incumbent Timothy Johnson in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.  The Democratic primary between candidates David Gill and Matt Goetten was incredibly close, and in the end Gill narrowly beat out Goetten.
|U.S. House, Illinois' 13th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Tim Johnson Incumbent||68.7%||35,655|
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