By Kristin Rover
Congressman Brad Wenstrup made a stop in Clermont County April 11 to speak at the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon.
“I didn’t intend to be in congress,” Wenstrup said to a room full of business professionals and students.
Wenstrup graduated from the University of Cincinnati and went on to become a podiatric surgeon at his own private practice.
He has served in the United States Army Reserve since 1998 and served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon from 2005-2006.
“My wife and I were on our fourth date when I said I was thinking about running,” Wenstrup said. “She said ‘you have to do it.’”
Wenstrup said he has been busy in his role as congressman since he was elected in 2012 including serving on committees for veterans and healthcare.
“As I serve, I think it’s about leaving something better for the future,” Wenstrup said. “I want to make a change.”
He said he is focused on balancing the budget, creating full-time jobs for Americans, and improving trust and honesty in government.
“Full-time jobs allow Americans to proceed with certainty and assurance,” Wenstrup said. “I think we need to focus on what we need to do to provide more certainty to the American people.”
Wenstrup said he believes the government shouldn’t selfishly spend money.
“At least this year we are getting back to it,” Wenstrup said about approving a budget.
He discussed some of the issues with the budget as well as healthcare, unemployment, and immigration in the United States.
“These are challenges we have to face,” Wenstrup said about the issues.
Wensturp said the country has been through a lot and Americans are strong people.
“We’ll make it through this,” he said. “We are exceptional, and that is not arrogant.”
In addition to the many business professionals in the audience, students from Clermont Northeastern High School and Grant Career Center attended the luncheon.
Morgan Gregston, a junior at Clermont Northeastern High School, said it was nice to attend the luncheon.
“It was very interesting and an honor to be invited,” Gregston said.
Tyler Boggs, from Grant Career Center, said he also enjoyed being a part of the event.
“I think it’s important to be involved with the government and see what is going on,” Boggs said.
Wenstrup visited with students and answered questions after he spoke.