Brad Wenstrup

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Brad Wenstrup
Brad Wenstrup official.jpg
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 56)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Cincinnati, Ohio
Education University of Cincinnati, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Profession Podiatric Physician
Website Representative Brad Wenstrup
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army Reserve seal United States Army Reserve
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel

Brad Robert Wenstrup[1] (born June 17, 1958)[2] is an American politician 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 Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve[3] and an Iraq war veteran. He ran unsuccessfully for Cincinnati mayor in 2009.

Early life, education, and medical career[edit]

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.[4] In 1976, he graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.[5] Wenstrup graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he graduated cum laude with a BA in Psychology. For graduate school, he attended the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and earned a M.S. in Biology and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He has practiced podiatric medicine in Cincinnati for over 25 years.[6]

2009 Cincinnati mayoral election[edit]

Wenstrup decided to challenge incumbent Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory in the November 2009 election. Mallory defeated him by a 54%-to-46% margin.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



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.[8] In a surprise, he defeated her in the March Republican primary by 49%-to-43%.[9] 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%).[10]

Wenstrup defeated Democrat William R. Smith, 59%-41%[11] [12]


Wenstrup won re-election to a second term by defeating Democrat Marek Tyszkiewicz 66%-34%.[13]


Wenstrup began his first term on January 3, 2013

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein). She works as a financial consultant.[14]


External links[edit]

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

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Randy Weber
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Roger Williams