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Rep. Phil Gingrey
Rep. Phil Gingrey
* Experience: For 26 years, Rep. Phil Gingrey built a successful practice as a pro-life OB/GYN physician and delivered more than 5,200 babies. He served on the Marietta City School Board, including three terms as chairman, and in the state Senate. In 2002, he was elected U.S. Congressman for Georgia’s 11th District.

* Education: Gingrey attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry. He went to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internship at Grady Memorial Hospital. Gingrey spent his residency at the Medical College of Georgia and also completed a rotation during this time at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus.

* Age: 70

* Family: Gingrey and his wife, Billie, have been married for 42 years. They have been blessed with 4 children, Billy, Gannon, Phyllis and Laura Neill, and 11 grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.

* What makes you the best qualified for the position you are seeking?

As a physician for more than 30 years, I learned to listen to patients before diagnosing them, and that is the same approach I’ve taken to governing. I understand and identify with the conservative values of Georgia’s 11th District and have represented them faithfully in Congress. If re-elected, I will continue to advance those principles.

* What can you do as a Congressman to get our country’s economy moving forward? I have consistently worked for and voted to drastically reduce federal spending, eliminate job-killing regulations, and enact pro-growth tax reform. This Congress, my House GOP colleagues and I have passed nearly 40 jobs bills which lower taxes on small business owners, reduce red tape, and increase entrepreneurs’ access to capital. I voted to block the impending tax hike that will cost our economy 700,000 jobs and to halt the first year of devastating sequestration cuts to our national defense.

* What is the most pressing problem facing our country and how would you address it?

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chairman of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, I have been at the forefront of the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare. The federal takeover of one-sixth of our economy raises taxes on small business owners and middle class families, guts Medicare of $716 billion, and will irreparably harm the doctor-patient relationship. I support a package of state-based reforms that give patients more control of their insurance policies while increasing access and ensuring a high standard of care. I’m also committed to saving Medicare and reforming Medicaid so that these programs remain solvent and strong for our children and grandchildren.

Reducing and capping federal spending at no more than 18 percent of the GDP and enacting a balanced budget amendment are also priorities of mine. I am a co-sponsor of The Fair Tax Act of 2011 and will continue working to lower taxes, reduce government interference in our daily lives, and create an environment where business expansion and job growth thrive.

I’m also working to strengthen national security, promote American energy independence, safeguard our borders, and protect our Second Amendment rights.

* Would you be willing and how would you set partisan sentiments aside to work for bi-partisan solutions to the problems facing our country?

A number of the 40 House-passed jobs bills have bipartisan support. I worked with Members on both sides of the aisle during the passage of the GAIN Act, legislation I authored in order to spur development of life-saving antibiotics. In fact, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the companion bill in the U.S. Senate. My medical malpractice reform legislation, which passed the House of Representatives this Congress, has bipartisan support.

* What is your stand on abortion and a woman’s right to choose?

Rep. Gingrey is a pro-life OB/GYN and endorsed by the National Right to Life, Georgia Right to Life, and the Georgia Pro-Life Alliance.

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