Representative Paul Broun was elected in July of 2007 to serve the Tenth District of Georgia. Since his arrival in Congress he has been appointed to positions on the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Committee on Science and Technology.
Paul C. Broun, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 14, 1946 to Paul and Margaret Brounï¿½both native Georgians. In 1948, the family moved to Athens, Georgia. Paul attended Athens High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1971, he received his Medical Doctor degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. An internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon and a residency at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama followed.
Paul served in the military as a jet engine mechanic in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserves and later received a commission as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy.
For most of his career, Dr. Broun has practiced general medicine in rural South Georgiaï¿½first in Blakely, then in Americus. He also filled in as an emergency department physician in various area hospitals.
Moving back to Athens in 1999, Dr. Broun joined the Greater Athens Physicians family practice group. In 2002, he went out on his own, establishing a unique practice of full-time house calls. He has enjoyed the freedom of practicing medicine without bureaucratic encumbrances and his patients appreciated the convenience of being seen at home or at work.
Paulï¿½s first exposure to politics came at the age of sixteen, when his father won a seat in the Georgia State Senate. Paul Broun Sr. represented the 46th district as a State Senator for 38 years. Later, Paul Jr. himself would become involved politically; first as a volunteer lobbyist for Safari Club International, a pro-hunting and conservation organization, then as a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. House in 1990 and 1992 and for the U.S. Senate in 1996.
Paul Broun participates in many diverse organizations and activities ranging from politics and religion to cooking and sports. Some of these are: the NRA, Gideons International, Rotary International, Trout Unlimited, Gun Owners of America and University of Georgia Presidentï¿½s Club. He was the founding President of the Georgia Republican Assembly, and President of the Georgia Sport Shooting Association (the NRA state affiliate). Paul is an avid outdoorsman, having a passion for conservation, hunting, fishing, and Second Amendment rights.
Dr. Broun has been married to his wife Niki since 1985 and has two grown daughters, a teen-aged son and two grandchildren. The Brouns are members of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens, where Paul is a former AWANA childrenï¿½s ministry leader. He is active in the Gideon ministry and in 2004 participated in a mission trip to Iraq.