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Paul Broun currently serves the 10th Congressional district of Georgia

Dr. Paul C. Broun, Jr., a Republican, has represented the 10th Congressional district of Georgia since 2007. (map) 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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Iraq War

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Fundamentalist Christian

Paul Broun is a fundamentalist Christian, and is thus anti-abortionist, and anti-evolution theory, and believes in the strict interpretation of the Bible. For Broun the earth is 9,000 years old, pi is equal to 3.00.[2]


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 uniquely consists of primarily 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

As of February 2007, three candidates had entered the race so far, including Jim Whitehead (R), Ralph T. Hudgens (R), and Terry Holley (D).[6] June 19, 2007 was set as the election date with a July 17 run-off for the top two vote-getters.[7]

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.[8] The closeness of the race was expected to result in a recount.[9] 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.).[10]

Money in politics

Committees and Affiliations


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:

2104 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-4101
Fax: (202) 226-0776
Website: Web Site

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Rachel Kapochunas, "Georgia Conservative Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special Win," CQ Politics, July 25, 2007.
  2. Guy Adams, "Republican Congressman says evolution is 'lie from hell'", The Independent, 9 October 2012.
  3. Rachel Kapochunas, Georgia Conservative Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special Win, CQ Politics, 25 July 2007.
  4. Jackie Kucinich. "Rep. Norwood dies after long bout with cancer," The Hill. February 14, 2007.
  5. Lauren W. Whittington. "Special House Election Looms," Roll Call. February 14, 2007.
  6. "Date, Candidates Coming Into Focus for Election to Replace Norwood," CQ. February 21, 2007.
  7. Chris Cillizza and Michael D. Shear. "Date Set to Fill Ga. House Seat," Washington Post. February 28, 2007.
  8. Josh Kraushaar. "Major campaign upset brewing in Georgia's 10th District," The Politico. July 18, 2007.
  9. Josh Kraushaar, "Major campaign upset brewing in Georgia's 10th District," The Politico. July 18, 2007.
  10. Rachel Kapochunas, "Georgia's Broun Fulfills House Dreams With Special-Election Victory," CQ, July 25, 2007.

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology/Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
Special Election, July 17, 2007
First Took Current Office:
July 25, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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1. 3706 Atlanta Highway, Suite 3B, Athens, GA 30606
Phone: 706-549-9588 / Fax: 706-549-9590
2. 560 Falls Road, Toccoa, GA 30577
Phone: 706-886-1008 / Fax: 706-886-1009
3. P.O. Box 211661, Augusta, GA 30917
Phone: 706-447-3857 / Fax: 706-868-8756

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Date of Birth: December 7, 1946