|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 15th district
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Jim Bacchus|
|Succeeded by||Bill Posey|
August 31, 1953|
Amityville, New York
|Alma mater||University at Buffalo|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
David "Dave" Joseph Weldon (born August 31, 1953, Amityville, New York) is an American politician and physician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Florida's 15th congressional district, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in Florida's 2012 U.S. Senate race.
Early life, education, and medical career
Weldon was born on Long Island, New York to Anna and Dave Weldon, Sr. His father was a combat-decorated World War II veteran. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY Stony Brook in 1978, he earned his M.D. degree at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1981. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. Weldon served in the United States Army from 1981 to 1987 and the United States Army Reserve from 1987 until 1992. He practiced as a physician in Florida after becoming an MD.
U.S. House of Representatives
Weldon decided to run in Florida's 15th congressional district, vacated by Democratic U.S. Congressman Jim Bacchus. He was one of seven Republicans to file for the primary. On September 8, he ranked first with 24% of the vote, but failed to reach the 50% threshold to win outright. In the October 4 run-off election, he defeated Carole Jean Jordan 54–46%. In the November general election, he defeated Democrat Sue Munsey 54–46%.
Former presidential candidate Bob Bowman, a Democrat, challenged Weldon in 2006. The incumbent raised significantly more campaign funds than Bowman. By the end of September, Weldon's total was $673,321 versus $21,944 for Bowman. Weldon also refused to debate Bowman during the campaign. In the November election, Weldon received 125,596 votes to Bowman's 97,947. Weldon won re-election to a seventh term with 56% of the vote.
On January 25, 2008, Dave Weldon claiming "He never wanted to be a career politician" announced he would not seek an eighth term and would be returning to his medical practice. He endorsed state Senator Bill Posey to succeed him.
In response to the legal battle over the removal of the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo, Weldon introduced legislation to force review of the case by the federal government. Weldon, who has a medical degree, believed that Schiavo was not in a vegetative state. He supported his belief saying, "She responds to verbal stimuli, she attempts to vocalize, she tracks with her eyes, she emotes, she attempts to kiss her father."
In December, 2005, Weldon joined with several other Congressmen to form the Second Amendments, a bipartisan rock and country band set to play for United States troops stationed overseas over the Holiday season. Weldon plays the bass guitar.
- U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- U.S. House Committee on Science
- U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce
- U.S. House Committee on Banking
- U.S. House Committee on Government Reform
- Republican Study Committee
- Chair and Co Founder, Congressional Aerospace Caucus
- Chair and Co Founder, Congressional Israel Allies Caucus
2012 U.S. Senate election
Weldon decided to run For the U.S Senate with the hopes of facing Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. His opponent in the 2012 Republican Primary was U.S. Representative Connie Mack IV. Weldon ran as a Christian conservative, and trailed Mack in both funding and name recognition. He lost the Republican primary with 20% of the vote, coming in second behind Mack's 59%.
Weldon resides in Indialantic, Florida, with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Katie and David.
Weldon is a member of the following:
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
- American College of Physicians, Fellow
- American Legion Post 163
- Brevard County Medical Society
- Florida Medical Association
- Phi Beta Kappa Society
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 453A
- Washington Legal Foundation national board of advisors
- Larry Wheeler, "GOP leading Space Coast race for cash: Weldon, Feeney report finances", Florida Today, October 18, 2006
- Amber Smith, "Incumbent Touts His Achievements", The Ledger, October 31, 2006
- John McCarthy, "Weldon coasts to an easy win", Florida Today, November 8, 2006
- Mary Ann Akers, "Rep. Weldon To Spend More Time With Family, Really", Washington Post, January 25, 2008
- Aimie Parnes, link "Lawmaker races clock in attempt to save Schiavo", Naples News, March 12, 2005
|Wikisource has original works written by or about:|
- Congressman Dave Weldon official U.S. House website
- Dave Weldon for Congress official campaign website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Online Focus: U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon (interview re: stem cell research), Public Broadcasting Service (August 9, 2004)
- Rep. Dave Weldon, M.D. testimony before the Institute of Medicine Immunization Safety Review Committee, SafeMinds (January 11, 2001)
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 15th congressional district
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2009
| Succeeded by|