Birthdate: May 14, 1975
Birth Place: Sumter, SC, United States
Residence: Norfolk, MA
Religion: Catholic
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Sean Bielat was born in Sumter, S.C., and raised in Rochester, N.Y. He currently resides in Norfolk, Mass. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, a master's in public policy from Harvard University and a master's of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Bielat worked as a program manager at iRobot Corp., where he led a unit that developed robots for military bomb disposal applications. Bielat also served as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. and currently runs an online startup called One Click Politics.

Bielat and his wife, Hope, have two children.

Profile

Sean Bielat is making his second run for Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District seat. In 2010, he was the Republican nominee but lost to veteran Democratic Rep. Barney Frank in the general election. He won plaudits, however, from his party for a spirited race against Frank, who is not seeking re-election in 2012.

In both campaigns, Bielat has focused on his experience in the private sector and in the military, as a reserve officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In the November 2012 general election, he faces Joe Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy.

Bielat was raised in Rochester, N.Y., and became a Massachusetts resident in 2007. It was there that he registered as a Republican after he said he became disillusioned with the policies of the Democratic Party.

Bielat has called for reducing corporate income tax rates and eliminating unnecessary business regulation as a means for spurring job creation. He has also called for reforms in entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, including means-based testing and minimum age requirements, to help balance the federal budget. He supports a strong national defense but has called for tightening of defense procurement procedures.

He opposes the 2010 health care reform law, saying it will not solve health care issues. He favors making health care portable for everyone rather than having it tied to one's employer and allowing interstate competition to help drive costs down.

Bielat believes that Congress should consist of "citizen legislators," and not career politicians.

Source: Associated Press

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