Current Position: US Representative
Candidate: 2020 US Representative
Dr. Brad Wenstrup’s life has centered on hard work, service, and sacrifice. As a doctor, combat surgeon and small business owner, Brad has a deep understanding of the issues facing America.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati and going on to earn a medical degree in podiatric medicine and surgery, Brad established a private practice in Cincinnati and has treated patients in Southwest Ohio for over 26 years. In 1998, seeing signs of freedom being threatened, Brad accepted an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in the Medical Service Corps.
Source: Government page
Brad Wenstrup was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He brings experience as a doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner to help Congress tackle the economic and security challenges facing the nation.
In the 116th Congress, Brad serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He previously spent six years on the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. As a member on the Ways and Means and Intelligence Committees, Brad is working to address the national health and systemic poverty issues, while strengthening our national security. He has long been a voice of support for southern Ohio’s veteran community.
A Cincinnati native, Brad graduated from Saint Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati. He went on to earn a medical degree in Chicago as a podiatric physician and after completing his surgical residency he established private practice in Cincinnati, treating patients for 26 years.
Brad has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998, currently holding the rank of colonel. In 2005-06, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon, and was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service. In 2018, Colonel Wenstrup was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism.
During his time in Congress, Brad is fulfilling his Reserve duties by serving as the Medical Policy Advisor for the Chief of the Army Reserve as well as seeing patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
Brad and his wife, Monica, reside in Cincinnati with their two children.
Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
1999 to present
- Combat surgeon
2005 to 2006
- Private practice doctor
1986 to 1999
University of Cincinnati
1976 to 1980
William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
1980 to 1985
William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
1980 to 1985
Birth Year: 1958
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
Spouse: Monica Wenstrup
Washington D.C. Office
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Anderson Township Office
7954 Beechmont Ave, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Phone: (513) 474-7777
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2018 US Representative
|Brad Wenstrup (R)||166,714||57.6%|
|Jen Schiller (D)||119,333||41.2%|
|James Condit Jr. (G)||3,606||1.2%|
WENSTRUP, BRAD R has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,772,048.
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Budget & Spending
Irresponsible spending and borrowing has been a fact of Congress for the last generation. Now, America faces a debt crisis that threatens our security and prosperity, driven by mandatory spending that is on autopilot towards steeper deficits. Because of this growing debt, we are spending hundreds of billions on interest payments every year – dollars that could and should be going toward actual functions of government rather than our creditors.
We must make spending reforms now to ensure a stronger, better America for tomorrow’s generations. Modernizing our mandatory spending programs will adapt them to better serve Americans in the 21st Century and minimize the debt burden we hand to our children. When it comes to the spending that Congress does vote on every year, we must ensure that balancing our budget is as important a priority as the programs that ask for more funding year after year.
2nd Amendment Rights
As a gun owner and active member of the U.S. Army Reserve, I approach our Second Amendment rights with a deep respect for firearms. Millions of Americans safely and routinely own and use firearms for hunting, sport, and self-protection. This includes many residents of southern and southwest Ohio, and many of our friends and neighbors. Our founders enumerated firearm ownership as a right alongside the right to free speech and the right to a fair trial in the original Bill of Rights.
As witness to a mass shooting, I know there are legislative steps we can take to make mass-casualty shootings even rarer, including examining how we identify, diagnose, and treat mental illness; promoting strong family structures; and addressing the root causes of violence. I believe that these efforts, especially in regard to gun ownership, will have a more positive and dramatic effect and will lead to increased safety for all Americans.
I have serious concerns that broad attempts to limit the use and sale of firearms for legitimate purposes, such as hunting and self-defense, would not only limit the rights of law-abiding Americans, but would also not solve the problem of gun violence in our nation. As we explore potential policy solutions, we must not forget nor minimize the Second Amendment, which states, “…the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The Legislative Process
Laws begin as ideas. First, a representative sponsors a bill. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill. Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The resulting bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.
No one knows agriculture issues better than the farmers who are working their fields every day, and I always enjoy visiting and learning from southern and southwest Ohio’s agricultural leaders. Farmers are America’s original small business owners, and their legacy of hard work remains fundamental to the strength of our nation.
Our district is rich in natural resources and agriculture is an important part of Ohio’s economy. Corn, soybeans, wheat, and cattle are just a few of our agricultural assets. We need to level the playing field for agriculture so our farmers can better compete and prosper in the global marketplace. We must also get the government out of the way by keeping taxes and regulations low, allowing farmers to do what they do best without interference from Washington.
Jobs & Economy
The key to a strong economy is a free market system that values the contributions of every American worker. We unlock this growth with lower taxes, innovation, reduced red tape, and empowered consumers. A light regulatory structure – one where businesses and consumers have the freedom and flexibility to operate, innovate, and make real decisions – is essential to reaching this goal and moving our economy forward. We must ensure the regulations we have are necessary, efficient, and enable growth.
We must also take steps to empower Ohioans to work. Addressing the “skills gap” facing our country is essential to unlocking continued economic advancements. This includes giving our states and local agencies the flexibility to address their region’s unique employment needs, and the resources to equip those currently on the sidelines for entry into the workforce. Ohioans want to work, and America needs a 21st century workforce equipped to build and grow our 21st economy.
Every year Americans dread the annual exercise of paying taxes, and it can be a major headache for businesses of all sizes as well. I believe our tax code should be focused on simplicity, fairness, and competitiveness. Over the last few decades, our tax code had lagged in all these areas, dragging our economy and making it harder for families to make ends meet.
In 2017 I was proud to support the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which is the most sweeping tax reform law in the last three decades. It provided tax relief to all Americans through lower personal tax rates, a doubled standard deduction (which over two-thirds of taxpayers take), and an expanded child tax credit. It also provides needed tax relief for businesses to energize our economy and make American companies competitive in the global marketplace.
Like a doctor regularly checks in on his or her patients, Congress must routinely examine our tax code for strengths to reinforce and deficiencies to correct. For something so deeply connected to the health of the economy, it is irresponsible to update our tax code only once in a generation. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I will continue to push for updates to the code on a more regular and routine basis, and your feedback on the tax issues that matter most to you is crucial to that goal.
Providing a first-rate education for America’s children is one of our greatest responsibilities and is essential to creating the educated, productive, and innovative workforce that will shape our economy. Students, parents, local school boards, states, and the federal government must work together in order to ensure our children receive the best education possible. To achieve this end, I support efforts to ensure states and local school districts have greater flexibility to pursue the programs and initiatives that best suit their unique needs.
Health care is a personal issue to each and every Ohioan. When the government gets involved, it’s hard to maintain the decision-making between patients and their doctor. By handing power over health care decisions to federal bureaucrats, we stifle innovation, undermine our individual liberty, and introduce perverse incentives into the health care system. As a doctor who served patients for over 26 years, I know that America’s health care system is broken, where people are facing higher premiums and higher deductibles.
We need a health care system that keeps the government out of the doctor’s office, protects the doctor-patient relationship, fosters competition and transparency, and increases health care choices.
Our nation should be guided by an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that maximizes our resources and promises safe, secure, and affordable American energy. Our energy policy should meet the twin goals of reducing pollution and promoting a healthy environment, while also enabling our economy to thrive and keeping costs low for American consumers. These priorities are not mutually exclusive, and I believe we should strive to meet them together.
I support policies that avoid artificial government restrictions and expand access to all forms of American-made energy, which will create jobs and reduce energy costs. This must be a primary goal as we work to improve our nation’s energy infrastructure. Reducing regulation and encouraging innovation will lead our nation toward a brighter energy future. Ohio has a leading role to play in this future, and I will continue working to ensure we bring down costs for consumers, create good paying jobs, and safeguard access to American energy.
Social Security & Medicare
Social Security and Medicare are known as entitlement programs because our seniors have earned the benefits after a lifetime of work and contribution.
We need to maintain a strong and viable Social Security and Medicare program for our seniors. I know that our nation’s seniors rely on the promises that were made to them for their future health care and retirement security. For far too long, politicians have failed to be honest about the fiscal state of Medicare and Social Security, and this false sense of security is putting the health and retirement of all Americans at risk. In the next two decades alone, nearly 80 million Americans will become eligible for Social Security benefits – putting the financial health of the program in jeopardy.
Rising health care costs and a growing older population that is living longer are threatening to bankrupt these vital programs. Doing nothing is not an option – it would necessarily mean reduced future benefits. In order to ensure that Medicare and Social Security remain viable for both today’s and tomorrow’s seniors, we need to preserve these programs for those in or near retirement and modernize them for younger generations by increasing competition, modernizing how benefits are calculated, encouraging additional ways to save for retirement, and empowering individuals to have more control over their care. My goal is to ensure that Social Security and Medicare meet the needs of seniors and taxpayers, now and into the future.
If you ever have a problem with your Social Security or Medicare benefits, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office for assistance. Call my office at (513) 474-7777 and let my staff know what problems you are having.
As a veteran of the Iraq War, I have seen the heroism and sacrifice of members of our military firsthand. Our district is rich in military families and veterans, and I believe that our country owes them an enormous debt of gratitude. I will continue to work to ensure our troops and their loved ones receive the first class benefits they have earned. Ever since I came to Congress, I have worked tirelessly toward this goal. I served for more than five years on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where I worked closely on crucial legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While I was chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, I worked to ensure that our veterans receive the quality healthcare they have earned. I will continue to work toward that goal going forward.
These are just a few of the issues facing veterans today. Rest assured that I will continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the VA, reform the management and administration of the VA, and ensure veterans can obtain the benefits they earned through their service.
If you ever have a problem dealing with the VA, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office for assistance. Call my office at (513) 474-7777 and let my staff know what problems you are having. Veterans deserve the best, and I won’t stop working to ensure our government lives up to that standard.
As Ronald Reagan often cited, the United States of America is a shining city upon a hill in the world.
After defeating fascism in WWII, America led the way in establishing rules and norms that have created 70 years of growth and protected against another world war. It is up to American leadership to continue to lead on the values we know are important for human flourishing like free markets and freedom of expression.
As the world grows closer together through technology and trade, new threats are emerging. Countries like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, along with non-state actors, all threaten to destabilize the post-Cold War order. We, in collaboration with our allies, must not shrink away from answering the new threats we face in the 21st Century. The alternative is to cede global leadership to causes that are antithetical to our American values, and that is unacceptable.
Pro-Life & Family Issues
Families are the building block of our society, and where our next generation grows into the world. A stable and healthy home life is critical to children going on to lead successful and productive lives. That home life starts with parents, and we must empower families, the support systems provided to them, and the communities in which they live to raise their children.
I firmly believe that all human life is sacred and should be protected at every stage, and I am working to advance the cause for life in Congress. I agree with the Founding Fathers, who correctly placed life first among the list of rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, and I will continue to serve as a strong and active advocate to protect the rights of the unborn and the most vulnerable in our society.
In the News
Wenstrup Leads Effort to Further Help Local Restaurants During the Pandemic
By: Chris Krepich
Government page – May 8, 2020
CINCINNATI, OH — This week, Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) led a bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers in calling for added flexibility to help local restaurants in utilizing federal emergency aid funds to stay open.
“Congress acted swiftly to provide aid to small businesses across the country, including $18 billion worth of potentially forgivable loans to Ohio businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. Even still, restaurants continue to face unique circumstances as we work to reopen that prevent them from fully leveraging that aid,” said Congressman Wenstrup. “We need to fine tune these aid programs to ensure that restaurants can stay afloat during the pandemic restrictions and reopen when it is safe to do so.”
“On behalf of Ohio’s 23,000 restaurant and foodservice locations and the 585,000 Ohioans employed in our industry, the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) appreciates the work of Congressman Wenstrup and Ohio’s Congressional delegation who are fighting to protect Ohio’s restaurants. The changes you are advocating for will make a significant difference in restaurants’ ability to emerge from this public health and economic crisis and come back strong to get our workers back on the job and help revive Ohio’s economy. Without these changes, more Ohio restaurants will not survive this crisis and those that do will struggle for much longer, lengthening this economic crisis and significantly lowering our ability to offer the wide spectrum of jobs available in our industry.” John Barker, President and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association.
In March, Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and expanded the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program under the CARES Act, and increased funding in April for over $700 billion in small business emergency aid. To date, Ohio restaurant industry has lost an estimated $698 million in sales and 100,000 jobs since March 1, 2020.
Due to ongoing economic restrictions and staggered reopenings that often place restaurants in later phases, Wenstrup and colleagues are pushing for changes to the programs that better accommodate the business realities facing the restaurant industry, including:
• Lengthen the forgiveness period, extend the payback period, and revise the threshold for forgiveness for PPP loans.
• Increase both the advanced payment available for EIDL applicants and the number of employees that employers who wish to access EIDL can keep on payroll.
Both letters can be found below:
May 6, 2020
The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
The Honorable Jovita Carranza
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20416
Dear Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza:
Thank you for your hard work to respond to the unprecedented economic hardship facing businesses across the U.S. as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. As small businesses throughout the country are receiving much-needed assistance from the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, it has come to our attention that more help and flexibility within the programs are needed to ensure as many small businesses receive assistance as possible. We are particularly concerned about how these programs are affecting the restaurant industry, which has been especially crippled by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
In Ohio, more than $698 million in restaurant sales and over 100,000 restaurant jobs have been lost since March 1. Congress and the Administration have acted expeditiously to enact new programs, such as the PPP, and expand existing programs, such as EIDL, to support small businesses and our nation’s workers as we work to make it through this crisis, but it is clear that more needs to be done. That started with more funding for both the PPP and the EIDL program, which we in Congress worked hard to secure through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. However, we also believe there are changes that need to be made to ensure these programs work for the thousands of businesses across the restaurant industry.
While the PPP provides loans to small businesses to help keep employees on payrolls and help small businesses pay their bills, the interim Final Rule implementing the PPP issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) has stated that 75 percent of the loan must be used on payroll in order for the loan to be forgiven and set the maturity date for all PPP loans at two years. For the sake of our nation’s economy, we understandably hope to return to normalcy as quickly as possible, but the loan forgiveness stipulations currently in place do not consider some of the unique circumstances of the restaurant industry. As the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again state, bars and restaurants will be operating at a diminished capacity through both Phase One and Phase Two of the reopening plan. It is therefore unrealistic to expect a complete and immediate return to business-as-usual upon reopening, and the terms of the PPP must reflect what will be a gradual return to normalcy.
Because of this gradual return, many restaurants will simply be unable to use more than 75 percent of their PPP loans on payroll expenses alone in the eight weeks following loan origination. Additionally, while we understand that the intent is for the large majority of these loans to be forgiven, we have heard concerns about the short time period for businesses to pay back whatever portion of the loan is not forgiven.
To more accurately account for these realities faced by the restaurant industry, we urge the Administration consider the following changes to the PPP:
· Providing a period for PPP loan maturity that is greater than the current two-year length to allow business and industry to pay back the loans while also trying to restore and fund normal operations.
· Revising the PPP provision that requires 75 percent of the PPP loan to go toward keeping employees on payroll in order for the loan to be forgiven so businesses can use more of the loan to pay their rents and suppliers.
In addition to the newly-created PPP, EIDL assistance provides small businesses the working capital needed to meet their financial obligations and operating expenses that cannot otherwise be met due to the crisis. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has acted three times now to provide more funding for EIDL, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) appropriately included a provision allowing for up to a $10,000 advance payment within days of SBA receiving an EIDL application from an eligible entity.
Unfortunately, for many businesses in the restaurant industry, this is not enough. Though Congress rightly acted to provide an additional $60 billion in funding for EIDL with the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, there are additional actions that can be taken administratively to help this program work better for the restaurant industry.
We request that the Administration consider making the following changes to the EIDL program:
· Exercise the maximum possible administrative flexibility to temporarily grant employers with greater than 500 employees access to the EIDL program for the duration of the public health emergency.
· Rescind the $1,000 per employee limitation on EIDL emergency grants authorized by the CARES Act, so that restaurants who have had to lay off staff can access emergency capital to stay in business and begin preparations for resuming operations.
We know that our economy is facing an unprecedented challenge during the COVID-19 public health emergency and that the actions of the Administration thus far have provided much-needed lifelines to support our nation’s businesses and employees. As this crisis wears on, however, we recognize that the work is not finished. For sectors of our economy like the restaurant industry, program terms must be adjusted to more accurately reflect the long road ahead for their recovery.
Once again, we thank you for your work to support our nation’s businesses during this unprecedented disruption, and we look forward to continuing our work with you to respond to this emergency.
Brad R. Wenstrup, D.P.M.
David P. Joyce
May 6, 2020
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Speaker of the House House Minority Leader
H-232, The Capitol H-204, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington DC 20510
The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Senate Majority Leader Senate Minority Leader
S-230, The Capitol S-221, The Capitol
Washington D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, and Leader Schumer:
As small businesses throughout the country are receiving much-needed assistance from the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, it has come to our attention that more help and flexibility within the programs are needed to ensure as many small businesses receive assistance as possible. We are particularly concerned about how these programs are affecting the restaurant industry, which has been especially crippled by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
In the United States, more than 3 million restaurant jobs and $25 billion in sales have been lost since March 1, 2020. During that same time frame, more than 100,000 jobs and $698 million in sales have been lost in Ohio alone, and more than two-thirds of the restaurants that have remained open surveyed by the Ohio Restaurant Association report that sales are down 50 to 90 percent. Certainly, Congress has acted expeditiously to enact new programs, such as the PPP, and expand existing programs, such as EIDL, to support small businesses and our nation’s workers as we work to make it through this crisis, but it is clear that Congress needs to do more for the hospitality industry, which includes restaurants.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
First and foremost, we thank you for working to increase funding for the PPP and bringing the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, up for a vote. This program has provided a valuable lifeline that has allowed small businesses to keep employees on payroll, and we know the additional $310 billion will further that goal.
In addition to adequately funding this program, Congress should address concerns about the terms of the PPP. This program provides loans to small businesses to help keep employees on payrolls and help small businesses pay their bills, but the forgiveness provisions only cover the eight-week period following loan origination. For the sake of our nation’s economy, we understandably hope to return to normalcy as quickly as possible, but the loan forgiveness stipulations currently in place do not consider some of the unique circumstances facing the hospitality industry. It is unrealistic to expect a complete and immediate return to business-as-usual upon reopening, and the terms of the PPP must reflect what will most likely be a gradual return to normalcy.
To more accurately account for this reality, we urge Congress to consider lengthening the forgiveness period from eight weeks after loan origination for PPP loans to a length of time that better reflects when businesses are more likely to become fully operational. For hospitality industry businesses like restaurants, that return could take six months or longer.
Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
As you know, EIDL assistance provides small businesses the working capital needed to meet their financial obligations and operating expenses that cannot otherwise be met due to the crisis. We are thankful that Congress has acted three times now to provide more funding for EIDL, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) appropriately included a provision allowing for up to a $10,000 advance payment within days of SBA receiving an EIDL application from an eligible entity.
Unfortunately, for many businesses in the hospitality industry, this is not enough. Though Congress rightly acted to provide an additional $60 billion in funding for EIDL with the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, we ask that the advance payment limit be raised to $20,000 to better serve those businesses in the hospitality industry that have suffered devasting revenue losses but must still meet their financial obligations.
We know that our economy is facing an unprecedented challenge during the COVID-19 public health emergency and that the actions of Congress and the Administration thus far have provided much-needed lifelines to support our nation’s businesses and employees. As this crisis wears on, however, we recognize that our work is not finished. Importantly, we can learn from our constituents about the efficacy of these programs in real time and responsibly fine-tune the programs as we move forward. For industries like the hospitality industry, program terms must be adjusted to more accurately reflect the long road ahead for their recovery.
We look forward to our continued work with Leadership as we make it through this pandemic together.
Brad R. Wenstrup, D.P.M.
David P. Joyce
Marcia L. Fudge
Congressman Wenstrup opposes the Articles of Impeachment against President Trump
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Published on December 18, 2019
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