Republican Brad Wenstrup was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. Mr. Wenstrup is a medical doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner. He joins us to discuss the issues facing the nation and the district he represents.
Rep. Jean Schmidt had been living on the edge ever since she was first elected in a special 2nd Congressional District election in 2005.
This year, she fell off the edge.
On January 7, Brad Wenstrup, the podiatrist and Iraq war veteran from Columbia Tusculum who defeated her in last March’s GOP primary, will take over as the congressman from the sprawling district that runs from eastern Hamilton County all the way to Pike and Scioto counties.
For Schmidt, the past eight years was quite a ride.
Brad Wenstrup, the newly-elected congressman from Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, has volunteered to join the House Republican Policy Committee, a group which helps set the legislative agenda for House Republicans.
Wenstrup - a 54-year-old podiatrist and Iraq war veteran from Columbia Tusculum - takes office in January, after pulling an upset victory over Rep. Jean Schmidt in the March GOP primary and easily defeating a little-known and seldom-seen Democrat, William R. Smith of Pike County, in the November election. Wenstrup won with 59 percent of the vote.
First district Congressman Steve Chabot has been re-elected for a ninth term. He says he's willing to work with President Obama, if Mr. Obama is willing to work with Congress.
"We need to do what's right for the country and it's a whole lot better if you have a President working together. The President wasn't particularly interested in working with a Republican Congress recently in the last couple of years and hopefully that will change."