Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Birth Place: Sturgis, KY, United States
Residence: Louisville, KY
Brooks Wicker was born in Sturgis, Ky., the son of a small-town pharmacy owner. He currently resides in Louisville. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and became a CPA in 1985.
He founded Wicker Strategic WealthCare Group in 1994 and has served as controller, chief financial officer, vice president, and director in five different industries.
Wicker is a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
He and his wife, Lynda, have one child.
Brooks Wicker, a financial advisor, is challenging three-term Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District seat in 2012.
On his website, Wicker said repealing the 2010 health care reform bill will be his first priority.
He also supports simplifying the tax code to broaden the tax base and allow all taxpayers to use the same deductions. He proposes reducing the corporate tax rate and ending what he calls the "double taxation of corporate earnings" when a company based in the U.S. has to pay taxes on earnings overseas that have already been taxed elsewhere.
Wicker has called for returning to 2008 federal spending levels and cutting what he calls "unnecessary programs."
A hunter and gun owner, he says he is a "staunch believer" in the Second Amendment. He is anti-abortion.
Wicker believes that the federal government plays too big a role in education and that decisions regarding education must be put in the hands of states and local communities. He feels that neighborhood schools need to be brought back into the forefront and that it must be understood that one education model does not fit all.
Source: Associated Press