Brad Wenstrup

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Brad Wenstrup
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jean Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 62)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Monica Klein
( m. 2012)
Education University of Cincinnati ( BA)
Rosalind Franklin University ( BS, DPM)
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service1998–present
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit United States Army Reserve
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Soldier's Medal
Bronze Star

Brad Robert Wenstrup (born June 17, 1958) [1] is an American politician, U.S. Army Reserve officer, [2] and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 2nd congressional district since 2013. A Republican, he upset incumbent U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt to win the 2012 Republican primary election.

Wenstrup is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve [3] 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. [4] For his actions during the 2017 shooting, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal. [5]

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. He has one sister, Amy Castellini (née Wenstrup). [6]

In 1976, Wenstrup graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. [7] In 1980, he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. 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, graduating in 1985.


Wenstrup practiced podiatric medicine in Cincinnati for more than 24 years, [8] before being elected to Congress.

Military service

Wenstrup joined the United States Army Reserve in 1998, attaining the rank of colonel in March 2017. [9] In 2005 and 2006, he served a tour in Iraq with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. [10] He called his deployment "the worst thing that ever happened to me and the best thing I ever got to do." [11] Wenstrup was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge. [9]

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. [12]

2009 Cincinnati mayoral election

Wenstrup ran for mayor of Cincinnati against incumbent Democrat Mark Mallory in the November 2009 election. Mallory defeated Wenstrup by a 54%-to-46% margin. [13]

U.S. House of Representatives



Wenstrup 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, a coalition of Ohio Tea Party groups. [14] In a surprise, he defeated Schmidt in the March Republican primary by 49%-to-43%. [15] 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%). [16]

Wenstrup defeated Democratic nominee William R. Smith, 59%–41%. [17] [18]


Wenstrup won re-election to a second term by defeating Democratic nominee Marek Tyszkiewicz 66%–34%. [19]


Wenstrup won re-election to a third term, defeating Democratic candidates William Smith and Janet Everhard (write in) 65%–32.82%–2.17%. [20]


Wenstrup defeated Democratic candidate Jill Schiller, 58% to 41%, to win election to a fourth term.


Wenstrup defeated Democratic candidate Jaime Castle, 61% to 39%, to win a fifth term. [21]


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.[ citation needed]

In 2013 Wenstrup's office conducted a customer service survey. [22] According to Roll Call, very few congressional offices have conducted "genuine" surveys of constituents, instead surveying with "loaded" questions designed to achieve certain results. [23] According to the survey, 75% of respondents were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their experience with Wenstrup's office. [22]

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. [23]


In December 2020, Wenstrup was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed [24] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state. [25] [26] [27]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Wenstrup and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions." [28] [29] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Wenstrup and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that." [30]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein), who works as a financial consultant. [32] They have two children. [2] He and his wife adopted a daughter in 2019. [33]


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  3. ^ Wentling, Nikki. "About Brad – U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Wentling, Nikki (June 14, 2017). "'Like I was back in Iraq': Congressman, combat doc tended to shot Scalise". Stars and Strips. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Shane, Leo (April 27, 2018). "Congressman awarded Soldier's Medal for heroism in last year's baseball team shooting". Army Times. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ancestry of Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "Wenstrup for Congress". Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Wehrman, Jessica (March 4, 2017). "With House colleagues watching, U.S. Rep. Wenstrup receives military promotion". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "My Story | U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Neff, Blake (July 29, 2013). "Iraq War vet takes his fight to Capitol Hill". The HIll. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Hughes, Amanda (May 2009). "Hero and Healer". University of Cincinnati - UC Magazine. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Cincinnati Mayor Race – Nov 03, 2009". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "Wenstrup upsets Schmidt for 2nd Congressional District nomination". March 7, 2012. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  15. ^ "2012 Ohio District 2 Primary". Politico. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "OH District 2 – R Primary Race – Mar 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  17. ^ "Ohio Congressional District 2 election results". Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "2014 Elections Results". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "Ohio Election Results 2014: House Map by District, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  20. ^ "2016 Official Elections Results". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  21. ^ "Ohio Election Results: Second Congressional District". The New York Times. November 3, 2020. ISSN  0362-4331. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  22. ^ a b "How to Conduct a Congressional Customer Service Survey - Commentary". Roll Call. February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  23. ^ a b Ann, Kuster (November 21, 2017). "Cosponsors - H.R.1545 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  24. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  25. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN  0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  26. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  27. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  28. ^ Smith, David (December 12, 2020). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  29. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  30. ^ Williams, Jordan (December 11, 2020). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  31. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  32. ^ Shesgreen, Deirdre (July 3, 2012). "Wenstrup has to plan for nuptials and November campaign". Politics Extra. Cincinnati: Gannett Company. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  33. ^ "That's So Cincinnati: How a dying AIDS patient helped shape Cincinnati Republican's view on serving others". Retrieved May 1, 2019.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jean Schmidt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Randy Weber
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Roger Williams