Paul Broun

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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 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorCharlie Norwood (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolAthens High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia (1967)
M.D.Medical College of Georgia (1971)
Personal
BirthdayMay 14, 1946
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
ProfessionPhysician
Net worth$128,008
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Collins Broun, Jr. (b. May 14, 1946) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Broun was elected by voters from Georgia's 10th congressional district. He was re-elected in November 2012.[1]

Broun filed campaign committee paperwork in preparation for his 2014 U.S. Senate bid to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Broun is a "far-right Republican leader".[3]

Biography

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]

Career

  • 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

2013-2014

Broun serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

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]

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.[7]

Elections

2014

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.[8]

2012

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.[9]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Broun one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[10]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Broun won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Russell Edwards (D) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 10th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul C. Broun Incumbent 67.4% 138,062
     Democratic Russell Edwards 32.6% 66,905
Total Votes 204,967

Campaign donors

2012

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.[12]

2010

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.[13]

Analysis

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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[15]

2010

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.[16]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[17]

2011

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.[18]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Paul C. Broun voted with the Republican Party 86 of the time, which ranked 223 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[19]

Controversies

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."[20]

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.”[21]

Personal

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

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target?, Liz Marlantes, The Christian Science Monitor, February 6, 2013
  3. Gov Track "Broun" Accessed May 24, 2012
  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. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  8. Washington Post "Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014," January 25, 2013
  9. Georgia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  10. The Daily, "The worst candidates of 2012," October 29, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  12. Open Secrets "Paul Broun 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Paul C. Broun 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  14. LegiStorm "Paul Broun"
  15. OpenSecrets.org, "Broun(R-GA), 2011"
  16. OpenSecrets.org, "Broun, (R-Georgia), 2010"
  17. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  18. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  19. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  20. Huffington Post, "Paul Broun: Evolution, Big Bang 'Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell'," October 6, 2012
  21. Huffington Post, "Paul Broun Campaign: Anti-Science Comments Were 'Off The Record,' About 'Personal Beliefs'," October 10, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Norwood
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 10
2007–present
Succeeded by
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