The Voices of Veterans

July 7, 2017

"When you're looking for a group of people who might be able to rise above the bitter partisan gridlock, veterans are a good place to look." - Congressman Seth Moulton

There are currently 79 veterans (plus one nonvoting Member) in the House (19Ds/61Rs) and 21 in the Senate (7Ds/14Rs). Although military members, who voted 60%for Trump in the 2016 election, are generally pegged as more conservative, the President's actions in office have spurred an interest by many veterans in running as a Democrat.

Pic: Associated Press

Hence the unprecedented recruitment efforts of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the party's umbrella organization for electing and re-electing Congressional Members.

The veterans campaign is led by Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-6), who served four tours of duty in Iraq as a United States Marine officer.

Moulton and DCCC Recruitment Chair Denny Heck (WA-10) are also working with organizations like Vote Vets, a progressive PAC that focuses on veterans' issues and candidates.

 

Among the DCCC's 2018 army of candidates, are over a dozen veterans who have announced challenges to sitting Republican Members of Congress, and more are expected to emerge before the year's end.

2018 Democratic Candidates who have served in the Military
Congressional District
Democratic Challenger
Republican Incumbent
New Jersey 11 Mikie Sherrill (Navy) Rodney Frelinghuysen
Pennsylvania 06 Chrissy Houlahan (Navy) Ryan Costello
Illinois 12 Brendan Kelly (Navy) Mike Bost
Texas 21 Joseph Kopser (Army) Lamar Smith
California 49 Doug Applegate (Marine Corps) Darrell Issa
Wisconsin 01 Randy Bryce (Army) Paul Ryan
Colorado 06 Jason Crow (Army) Michael Coffman
Virginia 10 Dan Helmer (Army) Barbara Comstock
California 50 Josh Butner (Navy) Duncan Hunter
North Carolina 09 Dan McCready (Marine Corps) Robert Pittenger
Ohio 07 Ken Harbaugh (Navy) Bob Gibbs
New York 19 Pat Ryan (Army) John Faso
New Jersey 11 Mikie Sherrill (Navy) Rodney Frelinghuysen

Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to when back control of the House.  With Trump's approval rating at 37% (Gallup 7/7/19), the voices of our veterans could push it over the top.

Randy Brice is challenging Paul Ryan (click to watch!)

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Sources: NewYorkTimes, Washington Post, CNN, DCCC, Gallup, VoteVets

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