Neal Dunn

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Neal Dunn
Neal Dunn 115th Congress photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Gwen Graham
Personal details
Born (1953-02-16) February 16, 1953 (age 65)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Washington and Lee University (BS)
George Washington University (MD)
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Major

Neal Patrick Dunn (born February 16, 1953) is an American surgeon and politician of the Republican Party serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district since 2017.

Early life and career[edit]

Dunn was born in New Haven, Connecticut on February 16, 1953.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

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.[3][4][5] He won the Republican Party nomination, defeating attorneys Lathika (Mary) Thomas and Ken Sukhia.[6] He defeated Walter Dartland in the general election.[7] He was sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2017.[8]

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.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Gun policy[edit]

Dunn describes himself as a "staunch supporter and defender of the Second Amendment and the Right to Bear Arms." The NRA gave Dunn a rating of "AQ" during his 2016 run for office—the highest rating possible for a non-incumbent.[11] Dunn does not support a ban of semi-automatic weapons.[12] From 2015–2016, Dunn accepted $1,000 USD from the NRA's Political Victory Fund.[13]

Net Neutrality[edit]

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.[14] Dunn also accepted $18,500 from the telecom industry before voting to repeal the rule.[15]

Tax reform[edit]

Dunn voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[16] He describes the bill as "good medicine for America."[17] 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.[18]

Education[edit]

Dunn wants to defund the Department of Education.[19]

Healthcare[edit]

Dunn believes the American healthcare system is broken. He supports repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which he says is "failing." He says "no one can afford" the premiums and deductibles.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Dunn and his wife, Leah, have celebrated over thirty years of marriage. They have three sons and three grandsons.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ McMullian, Bo (January 14, 2016). "Jackson County Times - "Conservative for Congress" Neal Dunn visits Marianna". Jackson County Times. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Burlew, Jeff (August 10, 2015). "Panama City surgeon Dunn announces run for Congress". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Garman, Valerie (August 7, 2015). "Neal Dunn announces candidacy for Congress". Panama City News Herald. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Bennett, Lanetra. "Neal Dunn Announces Candidacy for Florida Congressional District 2". WCTV-TV. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dunn wins GOP CD2, Democratic race too close to call". Tallahassee Democrat. August 30, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Lawson and Dunn head to Washington". Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ LAKANA (January 3, 2017). "Rep. Neal Dunn sworn in to 115th Congress". Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ Bade, Rachael. "Rep. Dunn's chief of staff resigns after alleged sexual harassment". Politico. Retrieved 2 March 2018. 
  10. ^ "Member List". Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "Republican Candidate Neal Dunn Endorsed by NRA Political Victory Fund". Neal Dunn Conservative for Congress. Friends of Neal Dunn. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Henderson, John (22 February 2018). "Bay residents, leaders split on gun 'common sense'". Panama City News Herald. Panama City, Florida. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  13. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella (21 February 2018). "These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the National Rifle Association". CNN. Atlanta. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  14. ^ https://energycommerce.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/121317-FCC-Net-Neutrality.pdf
  15. ^ "Here's a List of the Members of Congress Who Just Told Ajit Pai to Repeal Net Neutrality". Motherboard. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  16. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  17. ^ Milbank, Dana. "Dana Milbank: Republicans have their own Obamacare now". stltoday.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  18. ^ Holton, Jennifer. "Rep. Dunn on GOP tax reform victory: Win for "generations"". WJHG. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  19. ^ Call, James. "GOP 2nd District candidates tout conservative credentials". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Florida Voices React to Senate Proposal to Repeal and Replace Obamacare". Sunshine State News | Florida Political News. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gwen Graham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2017 – present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Val Demings
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
385th
Succeeded by
Adriano Espaillat