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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 defeated U.S. Representative Jean Schmidt in the 2012 Republican primary election and Democrat William R. Smith in the 2012 general election. Wenstrup is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve[3] and an Iraq War veteran. After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise on the morning of June 14, 2017, Wenstrup attended to the wounded congressman until he was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.[4] For his actions during the 2017 shooting, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal.[5]

Brad Wenstrup
Brad Wenstrup official.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byJean Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 61)
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–present
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
UnitUnited States Army Reserve
Battles/warsIraq War
Awards Soldier's Medal
Bronze Star

Early life, education, and medical careerEdit

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, while his mother was of Italian ancestry. He has one sister, Amy Castellini (née Wenstrup).[6] In 1976, he graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.[7] Wenstrup graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He is an Alumni Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He then attended the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where he earned an B.S. in Biology and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He practiced podiatric medicine in Cincinnati for over 24 years.[8]

Military serviceEdit

Wenstrup joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1998, attaining the rank of colonel.[9] In 2005-06, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon.[10] Wenstrup served with the 344th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, calling 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 his tour of duty in Iraq, Wenstrup's 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 electionEdit

Wenstrup ran for mayor of Cincinnati against incumbent Mark Mallory in the November 2009 election. Mallory defeated Wenstrup by a 54%-to-46% margin.[13]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit



He 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, which is a coalition of Ohio Tea Party groups.[14] In a surprise, he defeated her in the March Republican primary by 49%-to-43%.[15] She carried six counties (all located in eastern part of the CD), while Wenstrup won the two most populous counties (both located in the western part of CD): Hamilton County (59%) and Clermont County (50%).[16]

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


Wenstrup won re-election to a second term by defeating Democratic nominee Marek Tyszkiewicz 66%–34%.[19]


Wenstrup won re-election to a third term, defeating Democratic candidates William Smith and Janet Everhard (write in) 65%–32.82%–2.17%.[20]


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 the 8 counties in his congressional district, the last of which was in Adams County on July 29, 2013.

He has held a number of conference call town hall 'meetings' (at least one in 2017 and at least three in 2016). The day of a 'meeting' a message is left with the time to call in that evening, the phone number and the meeting code. Opportunities are given to ask questions (live) and answer polls.

Wenstrup's customer service survey received accolades from Roll Call, with 75% of respondents saying they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their experience with Congressman Wenstrup's office.[21]

Rep. Wenstrup was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3949, VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017, which became law during the 115th Congress, 1st Session (2017). The bill helps protect veterans receiving prescription medicines and prevents misuse of such prescription medicines.[22]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein), who works as a financial consultant.[24] They have one son, Brad, Jr.[2] He and his wife adopted a daughter in 2019.[25]


  1. ^ "Brad Wenstrup". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Biography - U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Wentling, Nikki. "About Brad – U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Wentling, Nikki (June 14, 2017). "'Like I was back in Iraq': Congressman, combat doc tended to shot Scalise". Stars and Strips. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Shane, Leo (April 27, 2018). "Congressman awarded Soldier's Medal for heroism in last year's baseball team shooting". Army Times. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ancestry of Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "Wenstrup for Congress". Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Wehrman, Jessica. "With House colleagues watching, U.S. Rep. Wenstrup receives military promotion". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "My Story | U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Mali, Meghashyam (July 29, 2013). "Iraq War vet takes his fight to Capitol Hill". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "University of Cincinnati alum, doctor serves patients in Iraq". University of Cincinnati. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Cincinnati Mayor Race – Nov 03, 2009". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "Wenstrup upsets Schmidt for 2nd Congressional District nomination". March 7, 2012. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  15. ^ "2012 Ohio District 2 Primary". Politico. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "OH District 2 – R Primary Race – Mar 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  17. ^ "Ohio Congressional District 2 election results". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "2014 Elections Results". Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "Ohio Election Results 2014: House Map by District, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  20. ^ "2016 Official Elections Results". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  21. ^ "How to Conduct a Congressional Customer Service Survey - Commentary". Roll Call. February 3, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  22. ^ Ann, Kuster, (November 21, 2017). "Cosponsors - H.R.1545 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017". Retrieved May 15, 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  23. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  24. ^ Shesgreen, Deirdre (July 3, 2012). "Wenstrup has to plan for nuptials and November campaign". Politics Extra. Cincinnati: Gannett Company. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  25. ^ "That's So Cincinnati: How a dying AIDS patient helped shape Cincinnati Republican's view on serving others". Retrieved May 1, 2019.

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