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
Residence Panama City, Florida
Alma mater Washington and Lee University
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Occupation Surgeon and Businessman
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 from the state of Florida. A Republican, Dunn is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district.

Early life and career

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

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]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Economy

Tax reform

Dunn voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[10] He describes the bill as "good medicine for America."[11] 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.[12]

Education

Dunn wants to defund the Department of Education.[13]

Healthcare

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.[14]

Personal life

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

References

  1. "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. McMullian, Bo (January 14, 2016). "Jackson County Times - "Conservative for Congress" Neal Dunn visits Marianna". Jackson County Times. Retrieved November 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Burlew, Jeff (August 10, 2015). "Panama City surgeon Dunn announces run for Congress". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved November 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Garman, Valerie (August 7, 2015). "Neal Dunn announces candidacy for Congress". Panama City News Herald. Retrieved November 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bennett, Lanetra. "Neal Dunn Announces Candidacy for Florida Congressional District 2". WCTV-TV. Retrieved November 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Dunn wins GOP CD2, Democratic race too close to call". Tallahassee Democrat. August 30, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Lawson and Dunn head to Washington". Retrieved March 19, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. LAKANA (January 3, 2017). "Rep. Neal Dunn sworn in to 115th Congress". Retrieved March 19, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Member List". Retrieved 6 November 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Milbank, Dana. "Dana Milbank: Republicans have their own Obamacare now". stltoday.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Holton, Jennifer. "Rep. Dunn on GOP tax reform victory: Win for "generations"". WJHG. Retrieved 22 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Call, James. "GOP 2nd District candidates tout conservative credentials". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 22 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Florida Voices React to Senate Proposal to Repeal and Replace Obamacare". Sunshine State News | Florida Political News. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

United States 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
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Val Demings
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
390th
Succeeded by
Adriano Espaillat