Brad Wenstrup

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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 by Jean Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 60)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Cincinnati, Ohio
Education University of Cincinnati, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Profession Podiatric Physician
Website Representative Brad Wenstrup
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army Reserve seal United States Army Reserve
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel

Brad Robert Wenstrup[1] (born June 17, 1958)[2] is an American politician, Army Reserve officer,[3] 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 Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve[4] and an Iraq war veteran.

Early life, education, and medical career

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.[5] In 1976, he graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.[6] Wenstrup graduated cum laude with a BA in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He then attended the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine where he earned an MS in Biology and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He practiced podiatric medicine in Cincinnati for over 25 years.[7]

2009 Cincinnati mayoral election

Wenstrup decided to challenge incumbent Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory in the November 2009 election. Mallory defeated him by a 54%-to-46% margin.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives



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.[9] In a surprise, he defeated her in the March Republican primary by 49%-to-43%.[10] 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%).[11]

Wenstrup defeated Democrat William R. Smith, 59%–41%[12] [13]


Wenstrup won re-election to a second term by defeating Democrat Marek Tyszkiewicz 66%–34%.[14]


Wenstrup began his first term on January 3, 2013

Committee assignments

Personal life

Wenstrup is married to Monica Wenstrup (Klein). She works as a financial consultant.[15] They have one son, Brad, Jr.[3]


  1. "Brad R. Wenstrup – – Library of Congress". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  2. "Brad Wenstrup". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1
  4. "About Brad – U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  5. "Ancestry of Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  6. "Brad Wenstrup". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  7. "Wenstrup for Congress". Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  8. "Cincinnati Mayor Race – Nov 03, 2009". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  9. "Wenstrup upsets Schmidt for 2nd Congressional District nomination". March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  10. "2012 Ohio District 2 Primary". Politico. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  11. "OH District 2 – R Primary Race – Mar 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  12. "Ohio Congressional District 2 election results". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  13. "2014 Elections Results". Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  14. "Ohio Election Results 2014: House Map by District, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  15. Shesgreen, Deirdre (2012-07-03). "Wenstrup has to plan for nuptials and November campaign". Politics Extra. Cincinnati: Gannett Company. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jean Schmidt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Randy Weber
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Roger Williams