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Dave Weldon


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Jim Bacchus
Succeeded by Bill Posey

Born August 31, 1953 (1953-08-31) (age 56)
Amityville, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Weldon
Children Katie Weldon
David Weldon
Residence Indialantic, Florida
Alma mater State University of New York, Buffalo
Profession physician
Religion Non-denominational Protestant
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1981-1992

David Joseph Weldon, (known as Dave Weldon) (born August 31, 1953, Amityville, New York) is an American politician and physician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 15th congressional district.

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Personal

Weldon served in the United States Army from 1981 to 1987 and the United States Army Reserve from 1987 until 1992. In 1978, he received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the State University of New York, and in 1981 a medical degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo School of Medicine. He practiced as a physician in Florida after becoming an MD.

Weldon resides in Indialantic, Florida, with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Katie and David.

In December, 2005, Weldon joined with several other Congressmen to form the Second Amendments, a bipartisan rock and country band set to play for United States troops stationed overseas over the Holiday season. Weldon plays the bass guitar.[1]

Committee Assignments

  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
  • Chair and Co Founder, Congressional Aerospace Caucus
  • Chair and Co Founder, Congressional Israel Allies Caucus

Terri Schiavo controversy

In response to the legal battle over the removal of the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, Weldon introduced legislation to force review of the case by the federal government. Weldon, who has a medical degree, believed that Schiavo was not in a vegetative state. He supported his belief saying, "She responds to verbal stimuli, she attempts to vocalize, she tracks with her eyes, she emotes, she attempts to kiss her father."[1]

Congressional elections

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2006

Weldon faced Democrat Bob Bowman in the general 2006 election. Weldon raised significantly more campaign funds than Bowman: By the end of September, Weldon's total was $673,321 versus $21,944 for Bowman.[2] Weldon also refused to debate Bowman during the campaign.[3] In the November election, Weldon received 125,596 votes to Bowman's 97,947.[4]

2008

On January 25, 2008, Dave Weldon claiming "He never wanted to be a career politician" announced he would not seek another term and would be returning to his medical practice.[5] He endorsed state Senator Bill Posey to succeed him.

Position on 2008 "Bailout"

On September 29, 2008, Weldon voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008[6]. He was one of only three Florida Republicans to do so.

Memberships

Weldon is a member of the following:

See also

References

  1. ^ Aimie Parnes, link "Lawmaker races clock in attempt to save Schiavo", Naples News, March 12, 2005
  2. ^ Larry Wheeler, "GOP leading Space Coast race for cash: Weldon, Feeney report finances", Florida Today, October 18, 2006
  3. ^ Amber Smith, "Incumbent Touts His Achievements", The Ledger, October 31, 2006
  4. ^ John McCarthy, "Weldon coasts to an easy win", Florida Today, November 8, 2006
  5. ^ Mary Ann Akers, "Rep. Weldon To Spend More Time With Family, Really", Washington Post, January 25, 2008
  6. ^ "Bailout Roll Call". 2008-09-29. http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/29/bailout.rollcall.0929.pdf. Retrieved September 29, 2008.  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Bacchus
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district

January 3, 1995- January 3, 2009
Succeeded by
Bill Posey

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