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 byJean Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 62)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Monica Klein
(m. 2012)
EducationUniversity of Cincinnati (BA)
Rosalind Franklin University (BS, DPM)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1998–present
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
UnitUnited States Army Reserve
Battles/warsIraq 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[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. 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[edit]

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 as a combat surgeon 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[edit]

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[edit]



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 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.

Wenstrup's customer service survey received accolades from Roll Call. In the survey, 75% of respondents said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their experience with Wenstrup's office.[21]

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.[22]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein), who works as a financial consultant.[24] They have one son, Brad Jr.[2] He and his wife adopted a daughter in 2019.[25]


  1. ^ "Brad Wenstrup". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Biography - U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  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. ^ "How to Conduct a Congressional Customer Service Survey - Commentary". Roll Call. February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  22. ^ Ann, Kuster (November 21, 2017). "Cosponsors - H.R.1545 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  23. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "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