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Rep. Brad Wenstrup

Representative for Ohio’s 2nd District

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Wenstrup is the representative for Ohio’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Wenstrup is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Wenstrup is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the election, Wenstrup joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Photo of Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Wenstrup is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Wenstrup has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Aug 9, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Brad Wenstrup sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Wenstrup was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Wenstrup sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Taxation (24%) Health (19%) Social Welfare (10%) International Affairs (5%) Government Operations and Politics (5%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Wenstrup recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Wenstrup voted Yea

Wenstrup voted Nay

Passed 297/124 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6729 instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a mechanism for non-profit organizations to qualify for safe harbor when sharing specific information with …

Wenstrup voted Nay

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This …

Wenstrup voted Nay

Passed 359/65 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the …

Wenstrup voted No

Passed 218/213 on Jul 8, 2015.

The Student Success Act is an education reform bill that would shift responsibility for student assessment and school accountability to states by reducing or eliminating …

Wenstrup voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Wenstrup voted Nay

Wenstrup voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Wenstrup voted Aye

Wenstrup voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jul 2022, Wenstrup missed 88 of 5,559 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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