John Barrasso

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John Barrasso
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Junior U.S. Senator from Wyoming
From: June 25, 2007 – present
Predecessor Craig Thomas
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Linda Nix (div.)
Bobbi Brown
Religion Presbyterian

John Anthony Barrasso III, M.D., born July 21, 1952 (age 71), is the junior United States Senator from Wyoming, being appointed to the vacancy left by the death of U.S. Senator Craig Thomas. He was elected to the Senate in his own right in 2008 with 73% of the vote. Barrasso, a divorced orthopedic surgeon, had served in the Wyoming State Senate since 2002. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

He was a pro-abortion candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1996, but was defeated in the primary by the more conservative Mike Enzi. He has since declared himself pro-life and made the following statement upon his appointment to the U.S. Senate:

"In the state Senate, in addition to receiving an 'A' rating from the NRA, I have voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and have sponsored legislation to protect the sanctity of life."[1]

Barrasso serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee. He has voted with Republicans in the Senate 94% of the time, and has a perfect attendance record.[2] In 2009, Barrasso voted against President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package, "This is a spending bill, not a stimulus bill." [3]

Early life

In 1974, Barrasso graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor of science degree. He also received his M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1978. He conducted his residency at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.

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