Larry Dean Bucshon (born May 31, 1962) is a heart surgeon and the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 8th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and early career
Larry was born on May 31, 1962. He was raised in the small town of Kincaid, Illinois. His father, Ronald, was a coal miner, Navy serviceman, and lifelong Democrat while his mother, Barbara, a nurse.
Larry graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and got his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School at Chicago. Following medical school, Larry completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery and remained there to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery.
He also received training at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Hospital. During this time, he also enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve and served with them for almost a decade.
Bucshon has spent his career specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries. From 1995 to 1998, he was in private medical practice in Wichita, Kansas. Bucshon joined Ohio Valley HeartCare in 1998, and has served as the group's President. He has been awarded St. in 2007. He also serves as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. Mary’s Medical Staff Physician of the Year
U.S. House of Representatives
Bucshon faced Democratic nominee State Representative Trent Van Haaften. Bucshon is a GOP Young Gun.
He has received many endorsements such as: Indiana Chamber Congressional Action Committee, United State Chamber of Commerce, National Right to Life Committee, Indiana Right to Life, Indiana Manufacturers Association, Campaign for Working Families, House Minority Leader John Boehner, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. He has received significant campaign financing from medical groups such as American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In addition, two Evansville hospitals, Deaconess Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center, were listed as top donors.
Bucshon won by a margin of 21 points and also won all 18 counties in the Indiana 8th Congressional District. New York Times blog predicted that there was a 93.1% chance that Buschon would defeat Van Haaften.
In 2008, Republican presidential candidate John McCain carried the district with 51% of the vote. Nate Silver in the FiveThirtyEight.com
Bucshon supports lower corporate and individual taxes. He has called for freezing spending at 2008, extending the Bush tax cuts, and reviewing all government programs for places to reduce spending. He has stated that Republicans need to "first admit we were partially to blame for the increased government spending over the past decade." Bucshon supports simplifying the personal and corporate tax codes.
He supports the repeal of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Bucshon supports the Universal Access Programs of the Republican House members "that expand and reform high-risk pools and reinsurance programs to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses, have access to affordable care — while lowering costs for all Americans." Bucshon wants to increase transparency in medical care costs.
Bucshon has called for cuts in health care programs and continued funding for an alternative fighter program built in his district that the Pentagon has said is unneeded.
Bucshon has supported Social Security privatization as part of a comprehensive strategy to make the program sustainable.
Larry met his wife Kathryn, who is also a physician and a practicing anesthesiologist, during his medical residency. They now live in Newburgh, Warrick County, Indiana with their four children. He is a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Evansville.
November 10th, 2011