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Phone: 202-225-4636

Address: 1005 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (812) 465-6484

Address: 420 Main Street, Evansville IN 47708-1507

Terra Haute IN

Phone: (812) 232-0523

Fax: (812) 232-0526

Address: 901 Wabash Avenue, Terra Haute IN 47807-3232

Vincenness IN

Phone: (855) 519-1629

Address: 1500 North Chestnut Street, Vincenness IN 47591-1604

Jasper IN

Phone: (812) 482-4255

Fax: (812) 422-4761

Address: 610 Main Street, Jasper IN 47547-3039

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Larry Bucshon Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Indiana 8
  • Born: May. 31, 1962, Kincaid, IL
  • Home: Newburgh
  • Education:

    U. of IL, Urbana-Champaign, B.A. 1984; U. of IL, Chicago, M.D. 1988.

  • Professional Career:

    Private medical practice, 1995-98; Ohio Valley HeartCare, 1998-2010, president, 2003-10.

  • Military Career:

    Navy Reserve, 1989-98

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Lutheran

  • Family: Married (Kathryn); 4 children

Republican Larry Bucshon, elected in 2010, is among the physicians from his party who is outspokenly critical of Democrats on health care. Read More

Republican Larry Bucshon, elected in 2010, is among the physicians from his party who is outspokenly critical of Democrats on health care.

Bucshon (Boo-SHON) was raised in the rural town of Kincaid, Ill., southeast of Springfield. His mother was a nurse and his father a coal miner; both tended to vote Democratic. Bucshon developed his own ideology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, and his rightward beliefs were solidified when he became enamored of President Ronald Reagan. While still in high school, Bucshon decided on a career in medicine, inspired by the surgeons he met at the hospital where his mother worked. After college, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He went on to complete a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and landed a fellowship there specializing in cardiothoracic surgery. Bucshon then enlisted with the Naval Reserve, serving for nearly a decade. After spending three years in private practice in Wichita, Kan., in 1998 he joined Ohio Valley HeartCare, a large cardiology and cardiovascular surgery practice in Evansville. Five years later, he became its president.

Having harbored desires to run for national office for years, Bucshon took advantage of the open seat left when Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth decided to run for the Senate in 2010. With help from the National Republican Congressional Committee, Bucshon prevailed over seven other candidates in the May GOP primary with 33% of the vote, edging out second-place finisher Kristi Risk, a tea party-backed candidate, by 4 percentage points.

In the general election campaign, he faced Democratic state Rep. Trent Van Haaften, who fit the centrist mold of Ellsworth. Van Haaften was a prosecutor in rural Posey County for several years and was praised there for his work fighting a regional methamphetamine epidemic. In the campaign, he emphasized his law-and-order background, while Bucshon campaigned on curbing spending and repeal of the national Democrats’ health care overhaul. Republicans targeted Van Haaften for opposing a property tax cap proposal in the legislature, and Democrats accused Bucshon of favoring privatizing Social Security. Bucshon raised and spent $1 million, compared to $762,000 for Van Haaften. He won with 58% of the vote to Van Haaften’s 37%.

In the House, Bucshon got a bill into law in 2012 allowing active-duty military to get commercial driver’s licenses in states where they serve or receive military training. He voted a solidly conservative line, boasting in a report at the end of the 112th Congress (2011-12) that he had voted to cut more than $1.8 trillion “in unnecessary, frivolous spending.” He vocally opposed an excise tax on medical device equipment, as well as a Medicare cost control board included in the health care law. “I have been a practicing physician for over 15 years, and I don’t think I have seen anything potentially more detrimental to seniors’ health care than the Independent Payment Advisory Board,” he said. But he opened himself up to criticism on the right for backing the August 2011 increase in the debt limit, unlike Indiana GOP freshmen Todd Rokita and Marlin Stutzman. He also broke with Rokita and Stutzman by opposing the Republican Study Committee’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal that slashed more in spending than House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s blueprint.

In the 2012 GOP primary, Risk, the tea party candidate, mounted another challenge to Bucshon but could not come close to competing financially, and he won with 58% of the vote. His Democratic challenger in the general election was broadcaster and former state Rep. Dave Crooks, who ran an effective campaign and raised a respectable $980,000. He sought to portray Bucshon as out of touch with regular voters and touted his culturally and fiscally conservative views. The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute endorsed him, saying Bucshon hadn’t shown enough willingness to compromise with Democrats on key issues. Bucshon, meanwhile, castigated Crooks as being in lockstep with President Barack Obama. He raised $1.4 million and got help from conservative super PACs that ran ads on his behalf in the campaign’s closing weeks, eventually notching a solid but hardly overwhelming 53%-43% victory.

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Larry Bucshon Election Results
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2012 General
Larry Bucshon (R)
Votes: 151,533
Percent: 53.36%
Dave Crooks (D)
Votes: 122,325
Percent: 43.07%
Bart Gadau (Lib)
Votes: 10,134
Percent: 3.57%
2012 Primary
Larry Bucshon (R)
Votes: 34,511
Percent: 58.03%
Kristi Risk
Votes: 24,960
Percent: 41.97%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (57%)
Larry Bucshon Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 13 (L) : 85 (C) 20 (L) : 78 (C) 23 (L) : 73 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 14 (L) : 85 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C)
Composite 14.8 (L) : 85.2 (C) 19.5 (L) : 80.5 (C) 19.3 (L) : 80.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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