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Birthdate: Jan. 12, 1978
Birth Place: South Bend, IN, United States
Residence: South Bend, IN
Brendan Mullen was born and raised in South Bend, Ind., where he still resides. His father, Peter, has been involved in politics for years, serving as St. Joseph County auditor for two terms and previously as the South Bend city controller.
Mullen attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned letters as a kicker on the football team and a bachelor's in systems engineering.
He served five years as an Army officer, serving in Iraq and South Korea.
Mullen then helped start and run a national and international security services firm. He is the chief executive officer of MKS2, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife, Suzanne, have a daughter.
Brendan Mullen is a political newcomer who won the May 2012 Democratic primary with 54 percent of the vote. In announcing his candidacy, Mullen said the country needs people in Washington who know how to run a business, meet a payroll and create jobs. He says his priorities are jobs, revitalizing the middle class and making sure America lives within its means.
Mullen describes himself as a moderate who will provide an alternative to voices from the far left or far right. He says members of Congress must be willing to compromise, saying radicals aren't good for the country.
Mullen says Indiana employers are being held back by a tax system that favors Wall Street over Main Street. He also says Congress must cut wasteful spending.
He calls a fairer and simpler tax code that doesn't give breaks to the wealthiest Americans and oil companies.
Mullen says the 2010 health care reform bill has some good aspects, such as increasing the number of people insured, but also has some problems. A provision requiring companies of a certain size to provide health care or face fines creates uncertainty for business owners, he says.
Mullen wants to work to protect Medicare and Social Security, saying he won't allow politicians to gamble with those programs at a time when the country is giving out tax breaks to special interests and while the deficit is out of control.
He also supports the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Mullen drew criticism in fall 2011 when it was disclosed that he had taken homestead property tax exemptions for homes in both Indiana and Washington. Homeowners are allowed to use only one exemption. Mullen said he paid back the exemptions, calling it a clerical error.
Source: Associated Press
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