Dr. Brad Boivin is seeking nomination to run as a Republican for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Brad believes we need more people in Washington who have a fresh perspective and a history of identifying challenging problems and coming up with common sense solutions,
Brad is a strong supporter of the founding principle of representative government and believes that we can make politics work again.
Brad is unwavering in his conservative principles but also believes in respecting and valuing those with different beliefs and ideologies. Brad believes strongly in the power of conversation and as a clinical psychologist holds to a view that all people deserve to be seen, heard and valued. When it comes to working with people with different beliefs and ideas, Brad will “unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong” (Frederick Douglass).
Brad is a Janesville native, raised in a blue-collar General Motors family that valued a strong work ethic and taught him the Judeo-Christian principles that continue to guide his life. He earned his first paycheck at Happy Joe’s Pizza in Janesville, where he worked during his freshman and sophomore years at Craig High School.
Brad has fond memories of riding bikes around town with his brothers and neighbors, especially trips to the local Stop ‘N Go to get candy and baseball cards with their allowance. Winters were spent playing in the snow in the back yard of their home on Pontiac Drive, sledding at the “Mall Hill” and iceskating at Traxler Park. The highlight of the summer was church picnics at Palmer Park and going with his family to see the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show.
Brad’s family not only believed in a strong work ethic, but also in serving their country and community. His grandfather served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, and eventually retired from the U.S. Air Force. Brad’s father served in the U.S. Army.
Brad is a clinical psychologist who has been providing mental health services to those in our communities and our prisons. He specializes in the treatment of addiction, trauma and personality disorders. Brad has witnessed firsthand what happens at the intersection of overly burdensome government regulations and clinical practice and is passionate about using his experience to inform sound public policy.
In 2015, Brad lost a brother to an opioid overdose. This transformed his clinical work in a profound way and inspired him to take action against the opioid epidemic that in 2016 alone claimed 827 lives in Wisconsin.
Brad isn’t the kind of person who takes the easy route. He is the kind of person who seeks the solution. For more than a year, Brad has worked closely with the Wisconsin Legislature to reform laws that were interfering with access to addiction treatment. These reforms unanimously passed both the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Senate and were signed into law by Governor Walker on April 9, 2018. He is grateful to those who worked with him on this issue.
The passing of this law goes to show that our founding principle of representative government works and we need more elected officials in Washington who believe that!
This idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in the long history of man’s relation to man – Ronald Reagan