|United States Senator-elect|
January 3, 2019
|Member of the Indiana House of Representatives|
from the 63rd district
November 5, 2014 - November 1, 2017
|Born||March 24, 1954|
Jasper, Indiana, U.S.
|Relatives||Steve Braun (brother)|
|Education||Wabash College (BA)|
Harvard University (MBA)
|Net worth||$37-95 million|
Michael Braun (born March 24, 1954) is an American businessman and politician who represented the 63rd district in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2014 to 2017. A Republican, Braun defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in 2018 to win a seat in the United States Senate.
Braun is from Jasper, Indiana. He graduated from Jasper High School. He was a three-sport star athlete who married his high school sweetheart, who was a cheerleader. He went to Wabash College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and earned a bachelor's degree, and Harvard Business School, where he earned a master's degree. After Harvard, Braun moved back to Indiana and joined his father's business manufacturing truck bodies for farmers. When the economy of the mid-1980s hit farmers hard and his father's business nearly went under, Braun steered the business in the more lucrative direction of selling truck accessories. The business subsequently grew from 15 employees to more than 300. In 1986, Braun and Daryl Rauscher acquired Meyer Body Inc., a manufacturer of truck bodies and distributor of truck parts and equipment. In 1995 Braun fully acquired the company. Meyer Body was renamed Meyer Distributing in 1999. Braun is its president and CEO. In 2018, Braun's personal finance disclosure listed assets worth between $35 million and $96 million.
Braun was a member of the Jasper School Board from 2004 to 2014.
Braun won the Republican primary for the United States Senate in the 2018 election, defeating U.S. Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer by over 56,000 votes. He received 208,520 votes, or roughly 41% of the total. Braun ran as an "outsider", emphasizing his career in business. He defeated Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the November general election with 52% of the vote to Donnelly's 44%; the Libertarian candidate, Lucy Brenton, tallied 4%.
Braun opposes the Affordable Care Act, supported efforts at the congressional level to repeal it, and supports a lawsuit to roll it back. Braun has called for "free-market competition" and "market-driven" solutions on health care. During his 2018 Senate campaign, he criticized incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly as a "defender of Obamacare." He expressed support for keeping in place protections for individuals with preexisting conditions; Politico and PolitiFact noted that both the House efforts and the lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Braun supported, would weaken protections for preexisting conditions.
Braun has said, "building the wall must be the first step to any solution" on illegal immigration. He opposes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors, known as DREAMers.
Braun supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Republican Party's tax reform bill. He said the tax reform bill was "revenue-neutral"; the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would increase U.S. debt. Braun has called for cuts to the U.S. budget, saying that the U.S. "has a spending problem."
Braun opposes abortion. Asked for his view on the legalization of same-sex marriage, Braun said, "I believe in traditional marriage." Braun fought to keep marriage defined as "between a man and a woman" in the Indiana Republican Party platform. In the Indiana state legislature, he supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and opposed amendments to the bill that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
|Democratic||Joe Donnelly (incumbent)||1,021,334||45.09%|
|Indiana House of Representatives|
| Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Indiana
Taking office 2019
Served alongside: Todd Young
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Indiana