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Paul C. Broun
Paul Broun.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Georgia, District 10
In office
July 25, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 8
PredecessorCharlie Norwood (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,109,949
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAthens High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia (1967)
M.D.Medical College of Georgia (1971)
Date of birthMay 14, 1946
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
Net worth$128,008
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Collins Broun, Jr. (b. May 14, 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Broun was elected by voters from Georgia's 10th congressional district. He was first elected in a special election in 2007.[1] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

Broun ran in 2014 for U.S. Senate to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Broun is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Broun grew up in Athens, Georgia where he attended Athens High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1971, he received his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. An internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon and a residency at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama followed. [4]


  • For most of his career, Dr. Broun has practiced general medicine. In 2002, he went out on his own, establishing a unique practice of full-time house calls. [4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Broun serves on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Broun 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.[6]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[7] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[7] Broun was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[7]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[8]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[7] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[7] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[7]

House vote on abortion ban

Nay3.png On June 18, 2013, the House voted 228-196, mostly along party lines, to approve a ban on late-term abortions, or abortions occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy[9][10] A number of members crossed over party lines in their votes. The vote was largely symbolic as the Senate is not expected to take up the bill and the White House has threatened to veto the legislation.[11] Broun was one of six Republican members who voted against the ban. Reps. Woodall and Broun were opposed because they felt the bill did not go far enough and left exceptions to the ban.[10][12]

Conservative Fight Club

According to the conservative website RedState, Broun is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.[13]


Anti-science comments

At the Sportsman's Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia on September 27, 2012, Broun made a number of anti-science comments that incited controversy, especially since Broun at the time was a high-ranking member of the House Science Committee.

Broun stated, "God's word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell." He went on to say, "You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."[14]

In response to the criticism, a spokeswoman for Broun explained the comments, saying that they were of a personal nature and that Broun was “speaking off the record to a large church group about his personal beliefs regarding religious issues.”[15]



See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

After Chambliss' January 25, 2013 announcement that he was retiring at the end of his current term and would not seek re-election in 2014, Paul Broun filed paperwork for his candidacy on February 6, 2013.[16]


Broun received an endorsement from Ron Paul on April 25, 2013.[17] In the statement Paul stated, “Paul Broun and I worked together in the House to bring some necessary oversight to the Federal Reserve. I endorse Paul Broun on his candidacy to the U.S. Senate.”[17]


See also: Georgia's 10th congressional district elections, 2012

Broun ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 10th District. Broun sought re-election on the Republican ticket. Stephen Simpson also ran as a Republican. The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, with the primary on July 31, 2012. He defeated Stephen Simpson in the primary and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Broun one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[19]

U.S. House, Georgia District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Broun Incumbent 100% 211,065
Total Votes 211,065
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul C. Broun Incumbent 69% 58,405
Stephen K. Simpson 31% 26,256
Total Votes 84,661

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Broun is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Broun raised a total of $5,109,949 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[22]

Paul Broun's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 10) Won $1,351,218
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 10) Won $2,032,417
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 10) Won $1,726,314
Grand Total Raised $5,109,949


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

Broun won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Broun's campaign committee raised a total of $1,351,218 and spent $1,226,800.[23]


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

Broun won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Broun's campaign committee raised a total of $2,032,417 and spent $1,831,081.[24]


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Broun is a "far-right Republican leader," as of June 14, 2013.[25]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Broun missed 167 of 4,501 roll call votes from Jul 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Broun paid his congressional staff a total of $964,907 in 2011. He ranks 166th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 222nd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Broun's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,016 and $240,000. That averages to $128,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 78.10% from 2010.[28]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Broun's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $309,018 and $860,000. That averages to $584,509, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[29]

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. Broun ranked 175th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[30]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Broun ranked 178th in the conservative rankings.[31]

Voting with party


Paul C. Broun voted with the Republican Party 87% of the time, which ranked 229th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[32]


Broun has been married to his wife Niki since 1985 and has two adult daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. [4]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Project Votesmart "Biography" Accessed June 14, 2013
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target?, Liz Marlantes, The Christian Science Monitor, February 6, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. "Biography:About Me" Accessed October 26, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  8. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  9. CNN, "House passes late term abortion ban," accessed June 20, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 U.S. House, "June 18 Roll Call Vote," accessed June 20, 2013
  11. Politico, "House OKs 20-week abortion ban bill," accessed June 20, 2013
  12. Examiner "Two Georgia Republicans voted against abortion ban (Video)" Accessed June 20, 2013
  13. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  14. Huffington Post, "Paul Broun: Evolution, Big Bang 'Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell'," October 6, 2012
  15. Huffington Post, "Paul Broun Campaign: Anti-Science Comments Were 'Off The Record,' About 'Personal Beliefs'," October 10, 2012
  16. Washington Post "Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014," January 25, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Washington Post "Ron Paul endorses Paul Broun for Senate" Accessed April 25, 2013
  18. Georgia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  19. The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Paul C. Bround" Accessed April 5, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Paul Broun 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Paul C. Broun 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  25. Gov Track "Broun" Accessed June 14, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Paul Broun," Accessed March 29, 2013
  27. LegiStorm "Paul Broun"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Broun(R-GA), 2011"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Broun, (R-Georgia), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Norwood
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 10
Succeeded by