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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Dr. Brad Wenstrup, who unseated U.S. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in last year’s Republican primary and went on to defeat William Smith in the general election to take Ohio’s Second District seat, took the oath of office for the 113th Congress Thursday.

“I’m both honored and humbled by the privilege of representing my community in Congress,” Wenstrup said. “I’ll work hard every day to serve the people of southern and southwestern Ohio, to reduce government spending and to keep taxes low for Ohio families.”

Ohio’s new Second Congressional District includes parts of Scioto, Hamilton, and Ross counties, and all of Clermont, Brown, Highland, Adams, and Pike.

“My top priority will be helping to create a climate for job and economic growth,” Wenstrup said. “As a small business owner and a doctor, I know first-hand that getting the government out of the way, and allowing our businesses to invest, grow, and succeed is the best way to create long-term job growth.”

In 1998, Wenstrup joined the U.S. Army Reserve, accepting an officer’s commission and serving in the Medical Service Corps. In 2005, he served a year of active duty in Iraq where he was Chief of Surgery with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. Brad was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service in Iraq, and today he continues his service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. For the 113th Congress, Wenstrup was selected to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

“In addition, as a proud officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, I look forward to the opportunity to serve our military men and women, our veterans, and their families as a member of the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees,” Wenstrup said. “I’ll work hard to ensure that our men and women in uniform, and their families, have the support they need to keep our nation free and secure.”

He and his wife Monica will continue to reside in Cincinnati.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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