Larry Bucshon

Larry Dean Bucshon (born May 31, 1962) is an American politician and heart surgeon who has been the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 8th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early Life, Education, Early Career

Bucshon was born in Taylorville, Illinois on May 31, 1962 and raised in Kincaid, Illinois. His father, Ronald, was a coal miner, Navy serviceman, and lifelong Democrat while his mother, Barbara, was a nurse.

Bucshon graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and got his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School at Chicago. Following medical school, Bucshon completed a residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery and remained there to complete a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. He also received training at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Hospital.During this time, he enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve, where he served for almost a decade.

Medical Career

Bucshon specialised in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries. From 1995 to 1998, he was in private medical practice in Wichita, Kansas. Bucshon joined Ohio Valley HeartCare in 1998, where he served as the group’s president. He was named St. Mary’s Medical Staff Physician of the Year in 2007. He also served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.

U.S. House of Representatives



Bucshon faced Democratic nominee State Representative Trent Van Haaften in the race to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Brad Ellsworth, who was running for Senate.

Bucshon received support from the National Republican Congressional Committee and was named a GOP Young Gun. During the campaign, Bucshon was endorsed by several conservative interest groups and elected officials, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Congressional Action Committee, United States Chamber of Commerce, National Right to Life Committee, Indiana Right to Life, Indiana Manufacturers Association, Campaign for Working Families, House Minority Leader John Boehner, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.Bucshon received significant campaign contributions from medical groups.

Bucshon defeated van Haaften by a margin of 21 points, winning all 18 counties in the district.


Bucshon again faced Kristi Risk in the 2012 Republican primary.Buschon edged out Risk in the 2010 GOP primary, with 16,262 votes to Risk’s 14,273.

In the general election, Bucshon defeated former state Rep. Dave Crooks.


The conservative Club for Growth announced that it would target Bucshon for defeat in the 2014 Republican primary, but he was re-elected nonetheless.

Personal Life

Bucshon met his wife Kathryn, who is also a physician and a practicing anesthesiologist in Evansville, during his medical residency.They now live in Newburgh, Warrick County, Indiana with their four children. He is a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Evansville.

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