Milton R. Wolf

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Milton R. Wolf
Personal details
Born (1971-04-08) April 8, 1971 (age 46)
Lyons, Kansas, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karrie Wolf
Children 2
Alma mater University of Kansas, B.S.
University of Kansas School of Medicine, M.D.
Website Official website

Milton R. Wolf (born 1971) is an American physician. He is a Tea Party movement-aligned activist who ran against incumbent Kansas U.S. Senator Pat Roberts for the Republican Party nomination in the 2014 United States Senate election. On August 5, 2014, Wolf was defeated by Roberts, but held him under fifty percent.[1] The final percentages were Roberts 48% and Wolf 41%.[2]

Wolf is a board-certified radiologist and is President Barack Obama's second cousin, once removed.[3] He is a regular columnist for The Washington Times and has appeared as a conservative commentator on shows including Hannity, Fox & Friends, and The Rush Limbaugh Show.[4]

Policy positions[edit]

Wolf opposes the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and promises to support efforts to repeal it and to oppose funding to implement it.[5] Wolf instead has proposed patient-centered, free-market health-care reforms.[6] Wolf has been very critical of U.S. Senator Pat Roberts for endorsing former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, to be United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.[7]

Wolf has accused Roberts of bailing out Wall Street.[7] Wolf has been critical of Roberts for supporting earmarks.[7] Wolf is against using military force in Syria.[7]

Wolf also opposes increasing the debt ceiling and has criticized Roberts for supporting raising the debt ceiling.[5][7]

Personal life[edit]

Wolf was born and raised in the small town of Lyons, Kansas, a farming community. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine. He did his internship at the Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri–Kansas City which included time spent at Saint Luke's Hospital, Truman Medical Center, and Children's Mercy Hospital. He currently practices radiology in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Wolf is married and has two children.[8]

In February 2014, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that in January 2010, Milton Wolf had "posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of carnage."[9] The Kansas Board of Healing Arts is investigating the matter.[10]

Obama familial relationship[edit]

Obama and Wolf are related through Thomas Creekmore McCurry (1850–1939), President Obama’s great-great-grandfather, and Wolf’s great-grandfather.[7] Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, was Wolf's mother's first cousin.[11] Obama's mother and Wolf's mother were friends in Wichita, Kansas, where the president’s mother, Ann Dunham, was born and spent part of her childhood.[12]

U.S. Senate election results 2014[edit]

Republican primary results[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Pat Roberts 125,306 48
Republican Milton Wolf 106,128 41
Republican D.J. Smith 15,057 6
Republican Alvin E. Zahnter 13,935 5
Total votes 260,426 100.00


  1. ^ Jacobs, Ben (August 6, 2014). "Tea Party Holds Ground in GOP Primaries". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2014 primary election results". Kansas City Star. The McClatchy Co. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Killough, Ashley (October 8, 2013). "Obama's GOP relative to primary challenge Sen. Roberts". Political Ticker.. CNN. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Weaver, Frances (October 10, 2013). "Is Milton Wolf the next Ted Cruz?". The Week. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Wollner, Adam (October 9, 2013). "Obama Has A Tea Party Cousin – And He's Running For Senate". It's All Politics. National Public Radio. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wolf, Milton (April 29, 2013). "WOLF: Not Obamacare, but Patientcare". Washington Times. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Hohmann, James; Raju, Manu (September 12, 2013). "Obama’s GOP cousin may primary Pat Roberts". Politico. Wolf, a 42-year-old practicing radiologist, accused Roberts of raising the debt ceiling, bailing out Wall Street and supporting earmarks. He noted that Roberts said recently that he does not see a way out of using military force in Syria and endorsed former Kansas Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be secretary of Health and Human Services. 
  8. ^ Kauffman, Lena (October 15, 2013). "Obama’s Radiologist Second Cousin to Run as Tea Party Candidate". Imaging Biz Newswire. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Carpenter, Tim. "Doctor's X-ray postings unsettling". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Murphy, Kevin (October 8, 2013). "Obama cousin, a Tea Party Republican, to challenge Kansas U.S. Senator". Reuters. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Andrew. Obama Relative Considering GOP Primary Challenge, National Review, September 13, 2013.
  13. ^ Kansas Secretary of State election results, August 5, 2014.

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