Stephen Buyer

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Stephen Earle Buyer was a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2011, representing the 4th District of Indiana.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Buyer voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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A number of Veterans groups have been angry with Buyer, who was specially chosen by the House leadership to chair the House Veterans Affairs Committee to keep spending down. Buyer was selected to replace Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.), who had alienated House leaders by pushing for increased levels of spending on veterans programs.

Buyer recently sparked new controversy in an interview published by the American Legion Magazine in which he said the department should concentrate on serving a "core constituency," and he disputed assertions that "all veterans are veterans and all veterans should be treated the same."


Buyer was born November 26, 1958 in Rensselaer, Indiana. He was educated at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and the Valparaiso University School of Law, served in the United States Army, and was a lawyer, Indiana state deputy attorney general, and legal counsel for the 22nd Theater Army in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm before entering the House.

In 2004, Buyer received a promotion to Colonel in the US Army Reserves at a White House ceremony by President George W. Bush along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who was promoted to Colonel in the US Air Force Reserves.

Congressional career

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated David Avram Sanders to face Buyer in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Buyer retained his seat.

Money in politics

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More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Stephen Buyer. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Committees and Affiliations

109th Congress


DC office
  • 2305 Rayburn Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3101 Fax: 202-225-3354
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District offices
  • 100 South Main Street Monticello, IN 47960
    Ph: 574-583-9819 Fax: (none entered)
  • 148 North Perry Road Plainfield, IN 46168
    Ph: 317-838-0404 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1801 "I" Street Bedford, IN 47421
    Ph: 812-277-9590 Fax: (none entered)
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