Congressional Profile: Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)

Jan 16, 2012

Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) currently has a 95% rating on our Legislative Scorecard, which makes him the fourth highest ranking House Member. Originally elected in a close special election in 2007, Congressman Broun's conservative voting record combined with the Tea Party wave led to a second term win with 67% of the vote.

Rep. Broun was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946 to Paul Broun, Sr., who went on to serve as a Democratic Georgia State Senator from 1963 to 2001. Even though he was raised in a Democrat household, Rep. Broun ran for Congress as a Republican.

A former jet engine mechanic in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and a medical officer in the U.S. Navy, Rep. Broun graduated from of the University of Georgia at Athens. He went on to earn his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Before he was elected to Congress, Rep. Broun maintained a medical practice run entirely through house calls.

Early on, Rep. Broun knew he wanted to serve the public, and in 2007, he won a special election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Georgia's rough and tumble 10th district is upholding its reputation, as Rep. Broun will face a primary challenge this year.

Rep. Broun's commitment to conservative principles extends beyond being just a fiscal conservative; he is also a strong and proud social conservative. He doesn't shy away from defense of religion and has voted against legislation that would allow for federal funding for abortions. He has also taken on the consensus behind "global warming," and has cosponsored legislation that would stop the EPA's job-killing global warming regulations.

He currently sits on the Homeland Security Committee and the Committee on Science and Technology, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight. In addition to these, he is also a member of the Republican Study Committee - the House's internal conservative compass.

Though he loves to fly fish and hunt, and is an avid supporter of Second Amendment rights, Rep. Broun's true passion is in serving the people of Georgia, which is why he meets with constituents and holds town halls when Congress is not in session rather than indulge in extracurricular activities.

Rep. Broun currently lives in Oconee County, Georgia and has been married to his wife, Niki since 1985. He has three adult children and two grandchildren. The Brouns attend Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens. Rep. Broun even served as the church's children's ministry leader.

State tuned tomorrow for a questionnaire with Rep. Broun.