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- Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks
- White House takes credit for drop in unaccompanied children at border
- International crises be damned, Obama’s fundraising trip must go on
- Friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty of impeding probe
- Train with MH17 plane crash bodies leaves rebel town in Ukraine
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Birthdate: Dec. 12, 1968
Birth Place: Bay County, FL, United States
Residence: Nashville, TN
Religion: Assembly of God
Brad Staats was born in Bay County, Fla., and currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. He received a bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University.
He worked as an actor and, according to his resume, performed in tours of the Broadway musicals "Phantom of the Opera" and "Evita." He gave up acting when his first child was born.
Staats worked for technology and communications companies before he founded ConsulTel, a wholesale security distribution company.
Staats and his wife, Bethany, have four children.
Brad Staats eked out a win in the August 2012 Republican primary for Tennessee's 5th Congressional District. Making his first run for public office, Staats defeated his nearest competitor by fewer than 50 votes. He will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the November election.
Staats lists taxes and federal spending among his top concerns. He opposes federal bailouts, believing the free market should determine winners and losers.
He endorses a flat or consumption tax and is opposed to the introduction of new taxes. He believes that excessive government spending must be stopped. He favors a reduction in the size of government and said it should use technology to run more efficiently.
Staats pledges to work repeal the 2010 health care reform bill and believes that greater competition within the health care industry will lower costs. He favors giving incentives for healthy lifestyles.
Staats favors increasing domestic oil production, becoming an exporter of natural gas and developing renewable energy sources.
He opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
As of the mid-July, Staats reported to the Federal Election Commission that he had raised just under $55,000, with $40,000 from the candidate himself.
Source: Associated Press
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