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Paul Collins Broun
Birthdate: May 14, 1946
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA, United States
Residence: Athens, GA
First Elected: 2007
District: District 10
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Graduate: Medical College of Georgia
Paul Broun was born in Atlanta and now lives in Athens, the city his father represented for nearly four decades in the Georgia Legislature. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Broun also served as a U.S. Marine.
Broun is a physician who has made house calls the centerpiece of his practice.
He was elected to the U.S. House in a July 2007 special election to replace Republican Rep. Charlie Norwood, who died after battling cancer and lung disease.
Broun has three children and is married to his fourth wife, Niki.
Paul Broun comes from a family of politicians. His father was a state senator who represented the Athens area for 38 years. But while the elder Broun was a courtly, moderate Democrat, his son is a firebrand Christian conservative who peppers his remarks with references to his religious faith and has called abortion a "holocaust."
Broun easily defeated fellow Republican Stephen K. Simpson by pulling in 69 percent of the vote in the July 2012 Georgia primary. He is running unopposed in the November 2012 general election.
Broun is a staunch critic of President Barack Obama and has been criticized for his rhetoric regarding his fear that Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship on the nation.
"I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may ... have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism," Broun said.
He is chairman of the Second Amendment Task Force, which opposes the Obama administration's plan to shift dozens of enforcement agents and step up gun and drug smuggling prosecutions in the fight against Mexican drug cartels.
Broun voted against the 2010 health care reform bill and against a measure to extend unemployment benefits to Americans who had been out of work longer than six months.
Broun was among three House members in 2010 to vote against a bill outlawing interstate sales of so-called crush videos _ fetish films that show small animals being crushed and killed. A spokeswoman said Broun found such videos "repulsive," but said Broun felt the bill violated the First Amendment.
Broun voted against the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package.
He has been a reliable Republican vote on major policy issues such as the war in Iraq, but he continues to show a strong libertarian streak.
He was one of three House members voting against bills to expand research into postpartum depression and to establish a national registry for information on Lou Gehrig's disease.
Broun was among 12 legislators to oppose compensating the families of U.S. citizens killed in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.
Broun bucked his party's leadership in 2007 by backing legislation prohibiting the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, saying the issue was about states rights.
He argues there is no separation of church and state in the Constitution and has said he will fight to tear down the artificial wall that's been constructed around issues such as school prayer.
In an embarrassing episode at the start of his second year in Congress, Broun, a self-described fiscal hawk, spent so much of his official congressional office budget that he was on pace to run out of money.
After a flurry of mailings, automated phone calls and advertisements designed to reach out to constituents in advance of a tough Republican primary challenge in July 2008, Broun was left with less than $300,000 remaining of his roughly $1.4 million annual budget, with six months left to go. His chief of staff resigned, and his communications director took a leave of absence.
Source: Associated Press
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