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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: May 31, 1962, Taylorsville, IL

Home: Newburgh, IN

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.

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.

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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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Larry Bucshon
Votes: 103,234
Percent: 60.33%
Tom Spangler
Votes: 61,309
Percent: 35.83%
2012 GENERAL
Larry Bucshon
Votes: 151,533
Percent: 53.36%
Dave Crooks
Votes: 122,325
Percent: 43.07%
2012 PRIMARY
Larry Bucshon
Votes: 34,511
Percent: 58.03%
Kristi Risk
Votes: 24,960
Percent: 41.97%
2010 GENERAL
Larry Bucshon
Votes: 117,259
Percent: 57.0%
William VanHaaften
Votes: 76,265
Percent: 38.0%
2010 PRIMARY
Larry Bucshon
Votes: 16,262
Percent: 32.74%
Kristi Risk
Votes: 14,273
Percent: 28.73%
John Smith
Votes: 4,715
Percent: 9.49%
Dan Stockton
Votes: 4,697
Percent: 9.46%
Steve Westell
Votes: 4,324
Percent: 8.7%
John Snyder
Votes: 2,523
Percent: 5.08%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (57%)

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