|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Gwen Graham|
|Born||February 16, 1953|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Washington and Lee University (BS)|
George Washington University (MD)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
Neal Patrick Dunn (born February 16, 1953) is an American surgeon and politician of the Republican Party serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 2nd congressional district since 2017.
Dunn was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 1953. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary sciences from Washington and Lee University and a Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He completed his medical internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served in the United States Army for eleven years of active duty service, reaching the rank of major. He then settled in Panama City, Florida, where he helped found the Panama City Urological Center, the Panama City Surgery Center, and was the founding chairman of Summit Bank.
In August 2015, Dunn announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 2nd congressional district in the 2016 elections. The district's one-term incumbent, Democrat Gwen Graham, opted to retire after a court-ordered redistricting made the district heavily Republican. He won the Republican Party nomination, narrowly defeating attorneys Mary Thomas and Ken Sukhia. He defeated Walter Dartland in the general election. He was sworn into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2017.
Brian Schubert, Neal Dunn's chief of staff resigned in February 2018 following the House Ethics Committee having launched an investigation into alleged sexual harassment by Schubert and Pat Meehan.
Dunn has held multiple virtual town hall meetings since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. The congressman has told media outlets in the past that he doesn't believe town halls are a productive format for engaging constituents. Constituents have voiced frustration with Dunn for his refusal to host town halls.
In 2018, Dunn won reelection against challenger Bob Rackleff by a vote of 67.5% to 32.5%, respectively.
Dunn received an "AQ" rating from the NRA during his 2016 run for office — the highest rating possible for a non-incumbent. Dunn does not support a ban of semi-automatic weapons. From 2015 to 2016, Dunn accepted US$1,000 from the NRA's Political Victory Fund.
Dunn, along with 107 Republican members of Congress, sent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai a letter on December 13, 2017 supporting his plan to repeal net neutrality protections ahead of the commission's vote. Dunn also accepted $18,500 from the telecom industry before voting to repeal the rule.
Dunn voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He describes the bill as "good medicine for America". Dunn believes that the bill will benefit many generations of Americans with a "great economy in which there will be jobs, there will be opportunity, there's possibilities for literally a whole new generation or two of Americans". Dunn says he has received support from "mostly small businessmen" from his district on his support of the bill.
Dunn wants to defund the Department of Education.
Dunn supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, which he says is "failing," saying "no one can afford" the premiums and deductibles.
In December 2020, Dunn was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.
Following the 2021 storming of the Capitol, Dunn condemned the rioters, but still voted to object to the certification of the Electoral College result in several states.
Dunn and his wife, Leah, have three sons and three grandsons. On April 9, 2020, Dunn's office announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.