Published March 10, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. — United States Representative Paul C. Broun Jr. was elected to Congress in 2007 to serve the Tenth District of Georgia.
Broun grew up in Athens where he attended Athens High School and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree 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, OR, and a residency at University Hospital in Birmingham, AL followed.
After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Broun received a commission as a medical officer in the U. S. Navy.
For most of his career, Broun has practiced medicine and 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 have appreciated the convenience of being seen at home or at work.
Father was senator
Broun’s first introduction to politics came as a teenager when his father won a seat in the Georgia State Senate, a position he held for 38 years.
The Tenth District congressman has been married to his wife, Niki, since 1985 and has two grown daughters, a teenaged son and two grandchildren.
With an unwavering allegiance to the United States Constitution Broun is standing tall in the House of Representatives in Washington. On January 7 the unflappable legislator did what he does at the beginning of each new session of Congress.
He reintroduced the Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 212), which declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person.
Broun commented, “As a physician, my knowledge of medicine and science provides ample evidence that human life begins with fertilization.
“I am committed to ensuring that not even one tax dollar is used to fund abortion – but that is not enough. God cannot continue to bless America while we are killing 4,000 unborn babies every day. This atrocity must end. I will do everything I can to stop it, and I hope Americans will join me.”
On Jan. 19 Broun introduced H.R. 299, a bill designed to repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law often referred to as Obamacare.
“At every town hall meeting,” Broun explained, “Georgians demanded that Washington repeal Obamacare. In order to fulfill my commitment, I have introduced a bill to repeal the health care law and replace it with four simple commonsense solutions that would lower costs and increase accessibility without governmental interference.”
Member of Prince Avenue Church
Broun, a committed Christian, is a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Bogart. PABC Pastor Bill Ricketts vouches for Broun’s faith and commitment to Christ and has commented, “Paul had some struggles in his early adult life, but has gotten his life straightened out and has a passion for doing the right thing.”
Broun has served in Prince Avenue’s children’s ministry. He is active in The Gideon’s International organization, a Bible distribution ministry, and in 2004, he participated in a mission trip to Iraq.
Ricketts continued, “Paul had a real burden to serve in the halls of government and prayed that God would allow him to do so. He has strong convictions about the Constitution and believes that those men who crafted that document set the guidelines that we should follow. He is a strong pro-life advocate. He believes in fiscal responsibility. He believes in Second Amendment [gun] rights.
“He is approachable. He is outspoken on things that really matter.” Ricketts added. “He believes the Word of God. He asks for prayer. We are fortunate to have him represent us in Washington.”
One day Broun rose to address his colleagues in the House of Representative and gave a stirring testimony of how Christ had changed his life. He began, “Twenty-one years ago in the fall of 1986 I found myself sitting on the couch in my medical office in rural south Georgia.
“My wife, Niki, and I had been married for a year and we were struggling. I had been through several broken marriages and several episodes of broken relationships and had financial problems because I had been living for myself.
“I had been living a prideful, sinful, self-centered lifestyle. As I sat there trying to figure out what life was all about I looked on the table beside the couch and I saw a Gideon’s Bible.”
Scripture verse catches his eye
“The Bible reminded me of something I saw a few weeks earlier when I was watching a football game on television. As the camera panned the crowd it seemed to focus on a banner hanging over a railing. It was a large banner and there was a man behind the banner wearing a big rainbow colored wig. Emblazoned on the banner was ‘John 3:16.’
“I asked Niki, –What is John 3:16?’ She didn’t know. She was not raised in a religious household either. We didn’t even have a Bible in our home.
“As I sat in my office reflecting on that banner I had seen several weeks before, I picked up that Gideon Bible that was on the table, opened it up and read John 3:16: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.’
“I remembered just a few weeks before sitting on a dock and telling my wife that I didn’t believe there was an afterlife or a God or that there was anything beyond this life other than how people remember us and our own children.
“... come into my life”
“But when I read John 3:16 that day – as a scientist, as a medical doctor – my heart was pricked and I just prayed aloud and said, ‘God, if you are real I want you to come into my life and show me that you are real.’ As a scientist I had to have proof.
“The proof was that God really came into my life and changed everything. He has given me a stability of life that comes from no other source than having Jesus Christ as one’s own personal Savior and Lord. I accepted him that day in November of 1986.”
Broun added, “My wife was saved independently just a few months after my conversion. We have been married almost 25 years now. Our relationship is based on God’s inerrant Word and we have learned over the years that the Holy Bible is literally true. I call it the Manufacturer’s Handbook. It directs every aspect of our lives.”
Broun is concerned about what is happening in our nation. He fears that we are trying to live our lives according to what seems to be right in our own eyes. He points to Proverbs 14:12 and warns, “‘There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.’ And we will be realizing the death of our freedom, our society and our republic unless we turn back to God’s Word and what our founding fathers firmly believed.”
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