Birthdate: May 31, 1962
Birth Place: Taylorville, IL, United States
Residence: Newburgh, IN
First Elected: 2010
District: District 8
Larry Bucshon was born in Taylorville, Ill., grew up in Kincaid, Ill., and now lives in Newburgh, Ind. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and a medical degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Bucshon completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and remained there to complete a fellowship. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving for almost a decade.
Bucshon specializes cardiothoracic surgery. He has been president of Ohio Valley HeartCare, a cardiology and cardiovascular surgery practice, since 2003. He is also chief of cardiothoracic surgery and medical director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital.
His family attends Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Evansville, and Bucshon has been involved in coaching youth hockey for his children's teams.
Bucshon and his wife, Kathryn, have four children.
Larry Bucshon described himself as a political combatant of President Barack Obama when he announced he planned to run in 2012 for re-election to Congress. He won the May 2012 Republican primary in a rematch with tea party favorite Kristi Risk, garnering 58 percent of the vote.
Bucshon says he believes the economy is the biggest challenge facing the country and that President Obama's policies toward business is hurting the nation's ability to create jobs.
Bucshon also says Congress has become polarized, reflecting what he says are the differences in American society. He says he believes social media and talk radio have added to the contentious atmosphere, but he is also confident that ultimately Congress and the White House are going to be able to get work done.
He says he wasn't surprised that Democrats have targeted his district, which is also known as the "Bloody 8th" because it has a history of close races and changing hands. Describing himself as a solid conservative, Bucshon is confident of his ability to win because he believes the district has grown more conservative in the past decade.
He was criticized by Risk during the primary for voting in favor of raising the debt ceiling. He opposes the 2010 health care reform bill and has supported Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal. A heart surgeon, Bucshon also has said that unless cuts to Medicare are restored, doctors will stop seeing patients who pay lower reimbursement rates than private insurers.
In February 2012, Bucshon sponsored an amendment to a federal bill that would give governors the authority to insert interstate highway projects into a transportation improvement plan without approval or endorsement of local metropolitan planning organizations. He offered the amendment after the Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization refused to include Interstate 69 in its area transportation plan. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the amendment on a 29-24 vote.
Bucshon opposes using public money to fund abortions and is against using federal funds for embryonic stem cell research.
He describes himself as an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment. He says the country should enforce immigration laws already on the books, calling for more funding for stronger border fencing and control along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Source: Associated Press