DR. DAVE WELDON
Proven Conservative Dave Weldon is an accomplished medical doctor, former US Congressman, and US Army veteran. Dr. Weldon was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as part of the Republican Revolution. He served until 2008. Weldon was a strong proponent of the US space program and fought to defend the right to life, the Second Amendment, and American national security. Since leaving Congress, Dr. Weldon resumed practicing Internal Medicine and worked as a consultant.
Dr. Weldon remains actively involved in our community. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Israel Allies Foundation and as a trustee for the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). He formerly was on the faculty at FIT, teaching physiology and pathophysiology in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Dave Weldon was born and raised on Long Island, New York, the son of Anna Weldon, a foreign language teacher, and David Weldon, Sr., a WWII Army combat veteran. Dr. Weldon obtained his baccalaureate degree in biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook and his MD degree from the accelerated 3-year medical program at University of Buffalo, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine in San Francisco, and after six years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he reached the rank of major.
Dr. Weldon subsequently went into private practice from 1987-1994 with Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates (MIMA) and began to get involved in politics. In November 1994, he ran for office and was elected to the U.S. House, representing the counties of Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, and portions of Polk.
While in Congress, Dr. Weldon served on numerous high-level committees, including Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Education and Labor, and Science. In Congress, Weldon worked hard to strengthen the Space Coast. He was a leader in supporting the Space Shuttle Program and constructing the International Space Station and in passing the Commercial Space Act.
Dr. Weldon also led in the funding of autism research, the construction of the East Central Florida VA Clinic, and the acquisition of land for expanding the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge which protects endangered sea turtles. In addition, Dr. Weldon served on the board of the Space Foundation, The Astronaut Memorial Foundation, and the Alaska Aerospace Corporation and was the bass guitarist in a bi-partisan congressional rock band (The Second Amendments) that played for charity events in Washington, D.C. and the troops abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has been married 41 years to his wife, Nancy and has two grown children. In his off time, he enjoys skiing, cycling, and jogging, and relaxes playing golf and the acoustic guitar.