Paul Broun

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Paul Broun ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Dr. Paul C. Broun, Jr., a Republican, has represented the 10th Congressional district of Georgia since 2007. He was elected on July 17, 2007 in a special run-off election to replace Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.), who died of cancer of February 13, 2007. He was officially sworn in on July 25.[1]


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Broun was born in Athens, Georgia, the son of Democratic Georgia state senator Paul Broun, Sr. The younger Broun is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He lives in Athens, and has his medical practice there, a practice which consists primarily of housecalls. He and his wife Niki Bronson Broun have two adult daughters and a teenage son.

Prior to being elected in 2007, Broun made three unsuccessful attempts to run for Congress. In 1990, he lost to Democratic Rep. Richard Ray (D-Ga.). He waged an unsuccessful bid in 1992 for the Republican nomination in the same western Georgia House district. Finally, in 1996, he received a minuscule vote share in the U.S. Senate primary.[2]

2007 special election

On February 13, 2007, Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.) died of cancer while serving his seventh term in the House. In order to fill Norwood’s seat, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) was required to issue a writ of election in the ten days following Norwood's death. The election had to occur thirty days after the writ. If no candidate received at least fifty percent of the vote, a runoff election would then take place within the four weeks which followed.[3][4]

As of February 2007, three candidates had entered the race so far, including Jim Whitehead (R), Ralph T. Hudgens (R), and Terry Holley (D).[5] June 19, 2007 was set as the election date with a July 17 run-off for the top two vote-getters.[6]

In the results of the June special election Jim Whitehead (R) led Paul Broun (R) by 23 points, but early results of the run-off suggested that Broun may have come out ahead. Whitehead had many significant advantages over Broun, including greater campaign spending and key endorsements, including one by Norwood's widow, but surprisingly, as of July 17, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Broun held a narrow 371-vote lead over Jim Whitehead.[7] The closeness of the race was expected to result in a recount.[8] A week after the run-off election, however, the results became official and Paul Broun was elected, just barely, 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent over Jim Whitehead, a margin of just 394 votes. Initially, Whitehead stated that he would seek a recount, which he was allowed to do with a margin of less than one percent, however, after careful consideration, he decided against it in order not to delay the district's proper representation in Congress. On July 25, 2007, Broun was officially sworn in as the Representative from Georgia's 10th Congressional District by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).[9]

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

After his election, House Republican leaders indicated that Broun would be appointed to the Homeland Security Committee and the Science and Technology Committee.

More Background Data


DC office
  • 325 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4101 Fax: 202-226-0776
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District offices
  • 3706 Atlanta Highway, Suite 3B, Athens, GA 30606
    Ph: 706-549-9588 Fax: (none entered)
  • 560 Falls Road, Toccoa, GA 30577
    Ph: 706-886-1008 Fax: (none entered)
  • P.O. Box 211661, Augusta, GA 30917
    Ph: 706-447-3857 Fax: (none entered)
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Articles and resources

See also


  1. Rachel Kapochunas, "Georgia Conservative Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special Win," CQ Politics, July 25, 2007.
  2. Rachel Kapochunas, "Georgia Conservative Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special Win," CQ Politics, July 25, 2007.
  3. Jackie Kucinich. "Rep. Norwood dies after long bout with cancer," The Hill. February 14, 2007.
  4. Lauren W. Whittington. "Special House Election Looms," Roll Call. February 14, 2007.
  5. "Date, Candidates Coming Into Focus for Election to Replace Norwood," CQ. February 21, 2007.
  6. Chris Cillizza and Michael D. Shear. "Date Set to Fill Ga. House Seat," Washington Post. February 28, 2007.
  7. Josh Kraushaar. "Major campaign upset brewing in Georgia's 10th District," The Politico. July 18, 2007.
  8. Josh Kraushaar, "Major campaign upset brewing in Georgia's 10th District," The Politico. July 18, 2007.
  9. Rachel Kapochunas, "Georgia’s Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special-Election Victory," CQ, July 25, 2007.

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