Rep. Brad Wenstrup
Rep. Brad Wenstrup
Louisiana Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Congress on Sept. 28 after suffering a gunshot wound on June 14 during an attack on Republican members of Congress who were practicing for a charity softball game in Virginia.

Congressman Scalise thanked Ohio’s Second District Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who represents Highland County, for coming to his aid and applying tourniquets to keep blood loss to a minimum as the situation unfolded.

Rep. Wenstrup received a standing ovation in the House for his life-saving efforts, as the two lawmakers embraced.

According to The Washington Post (, Rep. Scalise “underwent several surgeries at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to repair his injuries and, at one point, suffered a setback because of an infection that required additional surgery. He was discharged in late July to begin what doctors called ‘intensive inpatient rehabilitation’ at the adjacent National Rehabilitation Hospital.”

Rep. Scalise and others were shot by rifle rounds fired by 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, who opposed President Donald J. Trump.

Congressman Scalise serves as House Majority Whip and represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana. During the 113th Congress, he served as chairman for the Republican Study Committee, the conservative House caucus. As chairman of the Republican Study Committee, he championed a free-market, patient-centered Obamacare alternative that gained the support of 130 House members. He also introduced legislation that promotes job creation and economic growth, established an RSC national defense working group, released a conservative budget that would balance in four years, and crafted bills that protect constitutionally-guaranteed rights.

Congressman Wenstrup was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District. He brings experience as a doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner to help Congress tackle the economic and security challenges facing the nation. In the 115th Congress, he serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998, currently holding the rank of colonel. In 2005-06, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon, and was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service.