Dave Weldon and Nancy, his wife of 32 years, have two children, aged 25 and 14. Dr. Weldon was born on Long Island, New York to Anna and Dave Weldon, Sr., a combat-decorated WWII veteran.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY Stony Brook, he earned his MD degree at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine in 1981 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society upon completing a three-year accelerated medical degree.
Dr. Weldon went to medical school on an Army Health Professions Scholarship and did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. He served a total of six years on active duty and eight years in the Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Major.
In 1987, Dr. Weldon went into private practice in Florida with Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA), at the time a 20-physician member group practice.
In 1994, he ran successfully for Congress, becoming part of the first Republican majority in the U.S. House in 40 years. He served seven terms in Congress, on committees and caucuses including the Science Committee, the Education and Workforce Committee, Banking and Financial Services, Government Reform and Oversight, and the Appropriations Committee. He was also a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee and served on the Speaker’s Task Force on Healthcare Reform in his freshman term.
Florida’s District 15 is known as “The Space Coast,” which, during Dr. Weldon’s service in Congress, encompassed Kennedy Space Center and was home to the nation’s Space Shuttle, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Station. He was one of the founding members of the Aerospace Caucus, which worked closely with the Aerospace Industries Association to promote job growth and support our nation’s aerospace industrial base and national defense.
As a physician, Dr. Weldon became involved with many health care policy issues, including efforts to ban human cloning and vaccine safety. He helped lead the effort to remove toxic mercury containing preservatives from childhood vaccines. For his health care work in Congress, Dr. Weldon was awarded the status of Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2005.
In 2006, Dr. Weldon founded the Israel Allies Caucus in the U.S. House, formed to strengthen ties with Israel and help establish a safe and secure future for the people of Israel. In 2007, he partnered with Israeli Knesset member Benny Elon to create the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation, or IIACF, an organization dedicated to strengthening Israel and preserving peace in the Middle East.
In 2008, Dr. Weldon left Congress and returned to MIMA, where he has been practicing for three and a half years. MIMA now comprises over 100 doctors in multiple locations.
While in Congress, Dr. Weldon was a founding member of “The Second Amendments”, a bi-partisan rock & country band that performed at Farm Aid, We-Fest and other events. He and fellow band members Representatives Thaddeus McCotter, Colin Peterson, Kenny Hulshof and John Porter entertained troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005.
Link to learn about Dr. Dave Weldon’s Congressional Record of Service.
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