Mike Braun

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Mike Braun
Braun late 2018.jpg
United States Senator-elect
from Indiana
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingJoe Donnelly
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
In office
November 5, 2014 – November 1, 2017
Preceded byMark Messmer
Succeeded byShane Lindauer
Personal details
Born (1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 64)
Jasper, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
RelativesSteve Braun (brother)
EducationWabash College (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
Net worth$37–95 million[1]

Michael Braun (born March 24, 1954)[2] is an American businessman and politician who represented the 63rd district in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2014 to 2017. A Republican, Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in 2018 to win a seat in the United States Senate.[3]

Early life, education and business career[edit]

Braun is from Jasper, Indiana. He graduated from Jasper High School. He was a three-sport star athlete who married his high school sweetheart, who was a cheerleader.[4] He went to Wabash College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and earned a bachelor's degree, and Harvard Business School, where he earned a master's degree.[5] After Harvard, Braun moved back to Indiana and joined his father’s business manufacturing truck bodies for farmers. When the economy of the mid-1980s hit farmers hard and his father's business nearly went under, Braun steered the business in the more lucrative direction of selling truck accessories. The business subsequently grew from 15 employees to more than 300.[4] In 1986, Braun and Daryl Rauscher acquired Meyer Body Inc., a manufacturer of truck bodies and distributor of truck parts and equipment.[6] In 1995 Braun fully acquired the company. Meyer Body was renamed Meyer Distributing in 1999. Braun is its president and CEO.[7] In 2018, Braun's personal finance disclosure listed assets worth between $35 million and $96 million.[8]

Early political career[edit]

Braun was a member of the Jasper School Board from 2004 to 2014.[9]

He served in the Indiana House of Representatives for Indiana District 63 from 2014 to 2017.[5] Braun resigned from the state House on November 1, 2017, to focus on his U.S. Senate campaign.[10]

In July 2018, Braun called for the Indiana Attorney General, Republican Curtis Hill, to resign amid allegations that Hill had drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers.[11]

U.S. Senate[edit]

2018 Senate election[edit]

Braun won the Republican primary for the United States Senate in the 2018 election, defeating U.S. Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer[12][13] by over 56,000 votes. He received 208,520 votes, or roughly 41% of the total.[3] Braun ran as an "outsider", emphasizing his career in business.[14] He defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the November general election[15] with 52% of the vote to Donnelly's 44%; the Libertarian candidate, Lucy Brenton, tallied 4%.[16]

Political positions[edit]

Braun opposes the Affordable Care Act, supported efforts at the congressional level to repeal it, and supports a lawsuit to roll it back.[17][18] Braun has called for "free-market competition" and "market-driven" solutions on health care.[19] During his 2018 Senate campaign, he criticized incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly as a "defender of Obamacare."[17] He expressed support for keeping in place protections for individuals with preexisting conditions; Politico and PolitiFact noted that both the House efforts and the lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Braun supported, would weaken protections for preexisting conditions.[17][18]

Braun has said, "building the wall must be the first step to any solution" on illegal immigration.[20][19] He opposes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors, known as DREAMers.[20]

Braun supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Republican Party's tax reform bill.[19] He said the tax reform bill was "revenue-neutral"; the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would increase U.S. debt.[19] Braun has called for cuts to the U.S. budget, saying that the U.S. "has a spending problem."[19]

In 2018, Braun supported President Trump's trade and tariff policies, saying that they have "yielded phenomenal results."[19][21] Previously, he supported free trade policies.[21]

Braun opposes abortion.[19] Asked for his view on the legalization of same-sex marriage, Braun said, "I believe in traditional marriage."[19][22] Braun fought to keep marriage defined as "between a man and a woman" in the Indiana Republican Party platform.[22] In the Indiana state legislature, he supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and opposed amendments to the bill that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.[22]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican Primary Indiana House of Representatives, 63rd District, 2014 [23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 4,611 66.8%
Republican Richard Moss 2,292 33.59%
Turnout 6,903
Indiana House of Representatives, 63rd District, 2014 [24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 13,329 100%
Turnout 13,329
Indiana House of Representatives, 63rd District, 2016 [25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 19,228 71.75%
Democratic Andrea Hulsman 7,570 28.25%
Turnout 26,798
Republican Primary US Senate, Indiana, 2018 [26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 208,497 41.18%
Republican Todd Rokita 151,904 30.00%
Republican Luke Messer 145,936 28.82%
Turnout 506,337
United States Senate election in Indiana, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 1,155,321 51.01%
Democratic Joe Donnelly (incumbent) 1,021,334 45.09%
Libertarian Lucy Brenton 88,190 3.89%
Turnout 2,264,862

Personal life[edit]

Braun and his wife, Maureen, have four children.[5] He is Roman Catholic.[27] Braun's brother, Steve Braun, is also a politician in Indiana.[28]


  1. ^ "Mike Braun of Jasper is the richest of Indiana's U.S. Senate hopefuls - Indiana Economic Digest". www.indianaeconomicdigest.net.
  2. ^ Gonzales, Nathan (December 1, 2017). "Candidate Conversation - Mike Braun (R)". Inside Elections. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "2018 Election Results, News, Candidates & Polls". NBC News. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Indiana Senate Race 2018: Mike Braun is the candidate with business credentials". Indystar.com. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Neal, Candy (August 2, 2017). "Jasper's Braun launching bid for U.S. Senate". Dubois County Herald. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Timeline". Meyerdistributing.com. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Meyer Distributing named Warehouse Distributor of the Year". Dubois County Free Press. November 4, 2017. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "U.S. Sen. candidate Mike Braun's assets worth $35M to $96M | 2018-05-24 | Indianapolis Business Journal". IBJ.com. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "Braun seeks second term as state representative". Washington Times Herald. February 2, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Neal, Candy (October 31, 2017). "Lindauer replaces Braun as state representative". Dubois County Herald. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Senate candidate Mike Braun calls for Indiana AG to resign". WNDU. Associated Press. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  12. ^ Grant, Mike (August 2, 2017). "Braun set for U.S. Senate run". Washington Times-Herald. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Wealthy state lawmaker joins GOP's Indiana Senate race". The Washington Post. Associated Press. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "GOP nominee who rails against outsourcing has brand that markets Chinese parts: AP". Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Chris Sikich, Marisa Kwiatkowski, Tim Evans (November 6, 2018). "Republican Mike Braun unseats incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in Indiana Senate race". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Indiana Election Results". New York Times. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  17. ^ a b c "GOP's midterm peril: What if they win on killing Obamacare?". POLITICO. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Mike Braun and coverage of pre-existing conditions". @politifact. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h "Where U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun stands on health care, tariffs and other issues". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Indiana Senate race: Braun and Donnelly both want a border wall, but differ on Dreamers". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  21. ^ a b "How Trump's tariffs, trade policy create tricky terrain for Mike Braun and Joe Donnelly". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  22. ^ a b c "What you need to know about Joe Donnelly's and Mike Braun's voting records on gay rights". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "IN State House 063". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "IN State House 063". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "IN State House 063". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  26. ^ "IN Senate -R Primary". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  27. ^ "Michael Braun". Indiana Legislator Database. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  28. ^ Pathé, Simone (April 11, 2018). "Indiana's Braun Brothers Keep Their Distance on the Campaign Trail". Roll Call. Retrieved May 1, 2018.

External links[edit]

Indiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Messmer
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 63rd district

Succeeded by
Shane Lindauer
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Joe Donnelly
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Indiana

Taking office 2019
Served alongside: Todd Young
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Mourdock
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Indiana
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