|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Gwen Graham|
|Born||February 16, 1953|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Washington and Lee University (BS)|
George Washington University (MD)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
Early life and career
Dunn was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 1953. He studied Interdisciplinary Sciences at Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of science. He then graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and completed his medical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served in the United States Army for eleven years of active duty service, reaching the rank of Major. He then settled in Panama City, Florida, where he helped found the Panama City Urological Center, the Panama City Surgery Center, and was the founding chairman of Summit Bank.
U.S. House of Representatives
In August 2015, Dunn announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 2nd congressional district in the 2016 elections. The district's one-term incumbent, Democrat Gwen Graham, opted to retire after a court-ordered redistricting made the district heavily Republican. He won the Republican Party nomination, defeating attorneys Lathika (Mary) Thomas and Ken Sukhia. He defeated Walter Dartland in the general election. He was sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2017.
Brian Schubert, Neal Dunn's chief of staff resigned in February 2018 following the House Ethics Committee having launched an investigation "into alleged sexual harassment by him and his former boss", Patrick Meehan.
Dunn has held multiple virtual town hall meetings since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. The congressman has told media outlets in the past that he doesn't believe town halls are a productive format for engaging constituents. Constituents have voiced frustration with Dunn for his refusal to host town halls.
In 2018, Dunn won reelection against challenger Bob Rackleff by a vote of 67.5% to 32.5%, respectively.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Dunn received an "AQ" rating from the NRA during his 2016 run for office — the highest rating possible for a non-incumbent. Dunn does not support a ban of semi-automatic weapons. From 2015 to 2016, Dunn accepted US$1,000 from the NRA's Political Victory Fund.
Dunn, along with 107 Republican members of Congress, sent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai a letter on December 13, 2017 supporting his plan to repeal Net Neutrality protections ahead of the commission's vote. Dunn also accepted $18,500 from the telecom industry before voting to repeal the rule.
Dunn voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He describes the bill as "good medicine for America". Dunn believes that the bill will benefit many generations of Americans with a "great economy in which there will be jobs, there will be opportunity, there's possibilities for literally a whole new generation or two of Americans". Dunn says he has received support from "mostly small businessman" from his district on his support of the bill.
- DUNN, Neal Patrick, (1953 - )
- "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 24, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- McMullian, Bo (January 14, 2016). "Jackson County Times - "Conservative for Congress" Neal Dunn visits Marianna". Jackson County Times. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- Burlew, Jeff (August 10, 2015). "Panama City surgeon Dunn announces run for Congress". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
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- Bennett, Lanetra. "Neal Dunn Announces Candidacy for Florida Congressional District 2". WCTV-TV. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- "Dunn wins GOP CD2, Democratic race too close to call". Tallahassee Democrat. August 30, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
- "Lawson and Dunn head to Washington". Retrieved March 19, 2017.
- LAKANA (January 3, 2017). "Rep. Neal Dunn sworn in to 115th Congress". Retrieved March 19, 2017.
- Bade, Rachael. "Rep. Dunn's chief of staff resigns after alleged sexual harassment". Politico. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
- "Dunn shuns citizens calling for town hall". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Mueller, Sarah. "Rep. Dunn Frustrates Constituents By Not Holding Town Hall". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- "Member List". Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Republican Candidate Neal Dunn Endorsed by NRA Political Victory Fund". Neal Dunn Conservative for Congress. Friends of Neal Dunn. October 12, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- Henderson, John (February 22, 2018). "Bay residents, leaders split on gun 'common sense'". Panama City News Herald. Panama City, Florida. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- Grinberg, Emanuella (February 21, 2018). "These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the National Rifle Association". CNN. Atlanta. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- "Here's a List of the Members of Congress Who Just Told Ajit Pai to Repeal Net Neutrality". Motherboard. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Milbank, Dana. "Dana Milbank: Republicans have their own Obamacare now". stltoday.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Holton, Jennifer. "Rep. Dunn on GOP tax reform victory: Win for "generations"". WJHG. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Call, James. "GOP 2nd District candidates tout conservative credentials". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- "Florida Voices React to Senate Proposal to Repeal and Replace Obamacare". Sunshine State News | Florida Political News. June 22, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Florida, News Service of. "North Florida Congressman Positive For COVID-19". news.wgcu.org. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
- Congressman Neal Dunn official U.S. House website
- Campaign website
- Neal Dunn at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd congressional district
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