What Unites Us - Veterans Running for Congress

What Unites Us –Veterans Running for Congress

Today we start a new Series called “What Unites Us” highlighting women running for Congress from all parties who have something in common – and something we may even have in common with them or at least respect them for.

First up – and rightfully so – Veterans Running for Congress.  The women Veterans of our Armed Forces are a truly impressive lot.  They already have shown their leadership skills and have a proven track record of service to our country.  Now, they are asking for your vote and an opportunity to serve in a new way. 

Below we highlight a few of the standout women running for office, along with the full list of women Veterans on the ballot this year.  We encourage you to take a look at all these amazing women who have already served their country well.

MJ Hegar, U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot

MJ Hegar, Candidate for the House of Representatives, Texas 31st, is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Mom of toddlers who fought for women to able to serve in combat roles. “After I served three tours in Afghanistan, I received a Purple Heart for sustaining injuries after being shot down by enemy fire while protecting my crew. While I was serving in Afghanistan, no one ever asked me whether I was a Republican or Democrat — we were focused on accomplishing our mission. In Congress, I'll work across the aisle to do what's right for Texas families.”  {see MJ for Texas}

One of the most celebrated campaign ads of the MidTerm’s has been Hegar’s “Doors.”  If you have not seen it, watch it here: https://youtu.be/Zi6v4CYNSIQ and learn more about MJ Hegar and why she’ll make an amazing Congresswoman.

Amy McGrath, first female Marine to fly in an F/A-18 on a combat mission

Amy McGrath served 20 years in the Marine Corps and flew 89 combat missions.  She is now running for the House of Representatives for the 6th District in Kentucky.  "When I was a young girl growing up in Kentucky, I dreamed of being a fighter pilot. Women couldn‘t do that then. Women couldn‘t do a lot of things. But society changed, laws changed, and I was privileged to attend the Naval Academy. Four long, tough years later I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and my dream to serve as an F/A-18 fighter pilot came true.  But the Academy and the Corps did more than teach me to fly, they instilled values, a desire to serve my country and a code of conduct I will never forget: honor, courage, and commitment. I have lived that code for more than 24 years." 

Like many of the other women running this year, McGrath is also a mother and cites that as one of the reasons she is running.  “As a wife and a mother, I care deeply about protecting the character of the country inherited by our future generations. I owe it to my own children, and yours, to take a stand when I feel I can make a difference.”  {Why Amy is running}  Beyond just a military pedigree, McGrath has developed real plans to tackle issues and has taken them to her future constituents by opening 20 campaign offices throughout the 6th District.  {https://youtu.be/-11lMsZ0igA}

Another standout campaign ad this season was McGrath’s “Goalkeeper.”  Watch it here: https://youtu.be/71CgHKqeozA  It’ll make you stand up and say, “YES!!”

 

Elaine Luria, Navy Surface Warfare Office

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Elaine Luria served for 20 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer deploying six times—twice forward-deployed on ships stationed in Japan—conducting operations in the Middle East and Western Pacific on destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers.  She is now running for the House of Representatives for the 2nd District in Virginia.

After retiring from the Navy in 2017, Luria started a family business with a charitable component that has donated thousands of dollars to local non-profits and provided jobs in her community. 

Service to country continues to drive Luria, as does her family.  As she noted, “As a Navy commander, my philosophy was simple: Be Good, Do Good Work.  That’s what most Americans wake up in the morning and try to do– for their family, their career, and the people they care about. Because in America if you work hard and play by the rules, you expect that you and your family will have an opportunity to succeed.  But today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them.   That’s why I am running for Congress.”  Visit elaineforcongress.com/whyimrunning/  to learn more about Elaine Luria.

Mikie Sherrill, Navy Pilot

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Mikie Sherrill spent 10 years as a Navy helicopter pilot, flying missions throughout Europe and the Middle East.  She is now running for the House of Representatives for New Jersey’s 11th District.  After leaving the Navy, Sherrill went on for her Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School, eventually serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  Sherrill also has her Master’s degree in Global History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and four children with her husband Jason.

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“Across our community, our neighbors grapple with how they will afford their homes, their kids’ college tuition, or rising healthcare premiums. Our seniors worry about the future of Social Security and Medicare. Parents worry about the world that our children will inherit. As a mom, I want to build the brightest possible future for all of our children and make sure that New Jersey is a place they can raise families of their own.”  {www.mikiesherrill.com/page/why-im-running/}

As with so many other women candidates running this year, Sherill stresses a bi-partisan mentality and desire to work across the aisle. 

“As a Helicopter Aircraft Commander, I never asked if someone was a Republican or a Democrat before starting a mission. I knew we were all Americans and we all had the same mission. And my mission now is to bring that experience to Washington, to bring a different kind of leadership to Congress – leadership that will move this country forward and leaders who will listen to people and put their interests ahead of party.” {mikiesherrill.com/page/why-im-running/}

These are just a few of the amazing women Veterans running for Congress this year.  Below please find a list of all who are running.  We encourage you to learn more about them all.

 

Martha McSally

Arizona U.S. Senate
Party: Republican 
WEBSITE

Wendy Rogers

Arizona District 1
Party: Republican 
WEBSITE

Aja Smith

California District 41 
Party: Republican 
WEBSITE

Michelle Tippens

Hawaii District 1 
Party: Libertarian 
WEBSITE

Tulsi Gabbard

Hawaii District 2 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Tobi Beck

Indiana District 4 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Amy McGrath

Kentucky District 6 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Mikie Sherrill

New Jersey District 11 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Chrissy Houlahan

Pennsylvania District 6 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

MJ Hegar

Texas District 31 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Gina Ortiz Jones

Texas District 23 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Shirley McKellar

Texas District 1 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Elaine Luria

Virginia District 2 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Margaret Engebretson

Wisconsin District 7 
Party: Democrat 
WEBSITE

Source: https://www.withhonor.org/map