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Brad Wenstrup
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byJean Schmidt
Personal details
Brad Robert Wenstrup

(1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 66)
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 service1998–2022
Rank 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. In November 2023, he announced he would not seek re-election in 2024.

Wenstrup is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve[3] and an Iraq War veteran. After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise on June 14, 2017, Wenstrup attended to Scalise until he was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.[4] For his actions during the 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, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. He has a sister, Amy Castellini.[6]

In 1976, Wenstrup graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.[7] In 1980, he graduated Omicron Delta Kappa and 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 a 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 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 Wenstrup's tour of duty in Iraq, his 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 2009. Mallory defeated Wenstrup, 54% to 46%.[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, 49% to 43%.[15] She carried six counties (all in the district's eastern part), while Wenstrup won the two most populous counties (both in the western part): Hamilton County and Clermont County.[16]

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


Wenstrup was reelected, defeating Democratic nominee Marek Tyszkiewicz 66%–34%.[19]


Wenstrup was reelected to a third term, defeating Democratic candidates William Smith and Janet Everhard 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 his congressional district's eight counties.[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]

In 2016 Wenstrup with Representative Mike Pompeo and Representative Ken Calvert led a joint task force which faulted the military intelligence of the United States Central Command in its overly positive assessment of units it was training to fight ISIL.[24]

Wenstrup was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3949, the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017, which became law during the 115th Congress, in 2017. The bill helps protect veterans receiving prescription medications and prevents misuse of such medications.[23]

On November 9, 2023, Wenstrup announced he would not run for re-election in 2024.[25] Through his work on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, he intends to make a full report on the pandemic's origins and appropriate public health measures to diminish the impact of future pandemics prior to his departure.[26]

Texas v. Pennsylvania[edit]

In December 2020, Wenstrup was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign 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 defeated[27] 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 an election held by another state.[28][29][30]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Wenstrup is Roman Catholic.[33] Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein), who works as a financial consultant.[34] They have two children;[2] they adopted a daughter in 2019.[35]

Wenstrup's niece Anne Marie Gieske was one of the two American victims of the Seoul Halloween crowd crush.[36]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio's 2nd congressional district (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup 194,296 58.6
Democratic William Smith 137,077 41.4
Total votes 331,373 100.0
Republican hold
Ohio's 2nd congressional district (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup (incumbent) 132,658 66.0
Democratic Marek Tyszkiewicz 68,453 34.0
Total votes 201,111 100.0
Republican hold
Ohio's 2nd congressional district (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup (incumbent) 221,193 65.0
Democratic William R. Smith 111,694 32.8
Independent Janet Everhard (write-in) 7,392 2.2
Total votes 340,279 100.0
Republican hold
Ohio's 2nd congressional district (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup (incumbent) 166,714 57.6
Democratic Jill Schiller 119,333 41.2
Green Jim Condit Jr. 3,606 1.2
Independent David Baker (write-in) 8 0.0
Total votes 289,661 100.0
Republican hold
Ohio's 2nd congressional district (2020)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup (incumbent) 230,430 61.1
Democratic Jaime Castle 146,781 38.9
Write-in 37 0.0
Total votes 377,248 100.0
Republican hold
Ohio's 2nd congressional district (2022)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Wenstrup (incumbent) 192,117 74.5
Democratic Samantha Meadows 65,745 25.5
Total votes 257,862 100.0
Republican hold


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