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Wenstrup is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Wenstrup has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Brad Wenstrup sits on the following committees:
Wenstrup was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Wenstrup sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (73%)Health (18%)Energy (9%)
Some of Wenstrup’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Wenstrup’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Nay||H.R. 985: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015|
Nov 14, 2016. Passed 355/38.
|Aye||H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act|
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
|Yea||H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015|
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
|No||H.R. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act|
Feb 27, 2015. Passed 357/60.
This bill was the vehicle for the passage of continuing appropriations. This bill started out as the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. It was passed by the House in this form. But on Feb 27, 2015 the Senate struck its text in whole ...
|Nay||H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.|
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
|Yea||H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015|
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
|Aye||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
|Nay||H.R. 2642 (113th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013|
Jan 29, 2014. Passed 251/166.
|No||H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013|
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
|Nay||H.R. 1765 (113th): Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013|
Apr 26, 2013. Passed 361/41.
From Jan 2013 to Mar 2018, Wenstrup missed 35 of 3,340 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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Brad Wenstrup is pronounced:
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Brad Robert Wenstrup (born June 17, 1958) is an American politician, Army Reserve officer, and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 2nd congressional district since 2013. A Republican, he defeated U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt in the 2012 Republican primary election and Democrat William R. Smith in the 2012 general election. Wenstrup is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and an Iraq War veteran. After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise on the morning of June 14, 2017, Wenstrup attended to the wounded congressman until he was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Early life, education, and medical career
Wenstrup was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Joan (née Carletti) and Frank John "Jack" Wenstrup. His father was of German, Irish, and English descent, while his mother was of Italian ancestry. In 1976, he graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Wenstrup graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He then attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where he earned an B.S. in Biology and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He practiced podiatric medicine in Cincinnati for over 24 years.
Wenstrup joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1998, attaining the rank of colonel. In 2005-06, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon. Wenstrup served with the 344th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, calling his deployment "the worst thing that ever happened to me and the best thing I ever got to do." Wenstrup was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge.
During his tour of duty in Iraq, Wenstrup's sister asked what she could send him. He told her "I wear the same clothes everyday, we're fed, and most days I'm not leaving the base. But the people here have nothing. They were under an oppressed regime and have had nothing for so long." His sister helped organize donations of toys, school supplies, and hygiene supplies donated by local companies, and Wenstrup worked with the base chaplain to distribute the donations to the locals.
2009 Cincinnati mayoral election
See also: Election Results, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
Wenstrup ran for mayor of Cincinnati against incumbent Mark Mallory in the November 2009 election. Mallory defeated Wenstrup by a 54%-to-46% margin.
U.S. House of Representatives
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012 § District 2
He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly redrawn Ohio's 2nd congressional district, held by incumbent Republican U.S. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. He was endorsed by the Anderson Tea Party and the Ohio Liberty Council, which is a coalition of Ohio Tea Party groups. In a surprise, he defeated her in the March Republican primary by 49%-to-43%. She carried six counties (all located in eastern part of the CD), while Wenstrup won the two most populous counties (both located in the western part of CD): Hamilton County (59%) and Clermont County (50%).
Wenstrup defeated Democrat William R. Smith, 59%–41%.
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2014 § District 2
Wenstrup won re-election to a second term by defeating Democrat Marek Tyszkiewicz 66%–34%.
Wenstrup won re-election to a third term, defeating Democrats William Smith and Janet Everhard (write in) 65%–32.82%–2.17%.
Wenstrup began his first term on January 3, 2013. During his first year in office he held an open town hall meeting in each of the 8 counties in his congressional district, the last of which was in Adams County on July 29, 2013.
He has held a number of conference call town hall 'meetings' (at least one in 2017 and at least three in 2016). The day of a 'meeting' a message is left with the time to call in that evening, the phone number and the meeting code. Opportunities are given to ask questions (live) and answer polls.
Wenstrup's customer service survey received accolades from Roll Call, with 75% of respondents saying they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their experience with Congressman Wenstrup's office.
Rep. Wenstrup was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3949, VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017, which became law during the 115th Congress, 1st Session (2017). The bill helps protect veterans receiving prescription medicines and prevents misuse of such prescription medicines.
Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein). She works as a financial consultant. They have one son, Brad, Jr.
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