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Mike Braun
Mike Braun
Mike Braun in Greenfield, Indiana.jpg
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 63rd district

November 5, 2014 - November 1, 2017
Mark Messmer
Shane Lindauer
Personal details
Born (1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 64)
Jasper, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican (2012-present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (before 2012)
Spouse(s) Maureen
Children 4
Relatives Steve Braun (brother)
Education Wabash College (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
Net worth $37-95 million[1]

Michael Braun (born March 24, 1954)[2] is an American businessman and politician who served in the Indiana House of Representatives for the 63rd district from 2014 to 2017. He is now a candidate for United States Senate in the 2018 election.[3] He is a Republican and a former member of the Democratic Party.

On May 8, 2018, Braun won the Indiana Republican primary for U.S. Senate.[4] He is scheduled to face Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the November 2018 general election.

Early life and education

Braun is from Jasper, Indiana. He graduated from Jasper High School. 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.[5] Braun is the president and CEO of Meyer Distributing.[6]

Political career

Braun was a member of the Jasper School Board from 2004 to 2014.[7]

He served in the Indiana House of Representatives for Indiana District 63 from 2014 to 2017.[5] Braun resigned from the state House on November 1, 2017, to focus on his U.S. Senate campaign.[8]

United States Senate election in Indiana, 2018

Braun won the Republican primary for the United States Senate in the 2018 election, defeating U.S. Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.[9][10] Braun's margin of victory was over 56,000 votes. He received 208,520 votes, or roughly 41% of the total vote.[3] In the campaign, Braun ran as an "outsider", emphasizing his career in business.[11] Braun will face Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the November 2018 general election.

In July 2018, Braun called for the Indiana Attorney General, Republican Curtis Hill, to resign amid allegations that Hill had drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers.[12]

Electoral history

2014
Republican Primary Indiana House of Representatives, 63rd District, 2014 [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 4,611 66.8%
Republican Richard Moss 2,292 33.59%
Turnout 6,903
2014
Indiana House of Representatives, 63rd District, 2014 [14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 13,329 100%
Turnout 13,329
2016
Indiana House of Representatives, 63rd District, 2016 [15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 19,228 71.75%
Democratic Andrea Hulsman 7,570 28.25%
Turnout 26,798
2018
Republican Primary US Senate, Indiana, 2018 [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Braun 208,497 41.18%
Republican Todd Rokita 151,904 30.00%
Republican Luke Messer 145,936 28.82%
Turnout 506,337

Personal life

Braun and his wife, Maureen, have four children.[5] He is Roman Catholic.[17] Braun's brother, Steve Braun, is also a politician in Indiana.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Mike Braun of Jasper is the richest of Indiana's U.S. Senate hopefuls - Indiana Economic Digest". www.indianaeconomicdigest.net.
  2. ^ Gonzales, Nathan (December 1, 2017). "Candidate Conversation - Mike Braun (R)". Inside Elections. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b "2018 Election Results, News, Candidates & Polls". NBC News. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Press, The Associated (9 May 2018). "'Outsider' Braun wins Senate primary". wane.com.
  5. ^ a b c Neal, Candy (August 2, 2017). "Jasper's Braun launching bid for U.S. Senate". Dubois County Herald. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Meyer Distributing named Warehouse Distributor of the Year". Dubois County Free Press. November 4, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Braun seeks second term as state representative". Washington Times Herald. February 2, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Neal, Candy (October 31, 2017). "Lindauer replaces Braun as state representative". Dubois County Herald. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Grant, Mike (August 2, 2017). "Braun set for U.S. Senate run". Washington Times-Herald. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Wealthy state lawmaker joins GOP's Indiana Senate race". The Washington Post. Associated Press. August 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "GOP nominee who rails against outsourcing has brand that markets Chinese parts: AP". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Senate candidate Mike Braun calls for Indiana AG to resign". WNDU. Associated Press. July 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "IN State House 063". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "IN State House 063". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "IN State House 063". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "IN Senate -R Primary". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Michael Braun". Indiana Legislator Database. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ Pathé, Simone (April 11, 2018). "Indiana's Braun Brothers Keep Their Distance on the Campaign Trail". Roll Call. Retrieved 2018.

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Indiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark Messmer
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 63rd district

2014-2017
Succeeded by
Shane Lindauer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Mourdock
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Indiana
(Class 1)

2018
Most recent

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