NEW! Morgan Luttrell has built a life centered around service. A 5th generation Texan raised on a horse ranch, Morgan is a candidate for the 8th Congressional District, which includes much of the northern outlying areas of metro Houston, including the Montgomery County precincts of Houston itself. He served multiple combat deployments and led his troops as a Naval Special Warfare Officer. In 2009, Morgan survived a deadly helicopter crash that left him with a broken back and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Determined to get back in the fight with his teammates, Morgan rehabbed, recovered, and returned to the frontline. Following an honorable 14-year military career, Morgan retired from the Navy in 2014 and applied his personal success and experience to help fellow veterans recover from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries sustained in battle. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry appointed Morgan to serve as a Special Advisor at the DOE —leading the creation of the Artificial Intelligence and Technologies Office to ensure America continued to outpace Russia and China in the development of machine-learning technology. Morgan applied his expertise to harness and combine the nation’s most powerful computing resources with next-generation AI analytic tools to help solve some of America’s most formidable healthcare challenges like cancer, traumatic brain injuries, suicide, and opioid addiction. Morgan and his wife Leslie reside in Magnolia with their two sons, Gunner and Lincoln.
NEW! Combat veteran Wesley Hunt is running for one of Texas’s new congressional districts – the 38th in Houston, running northwest from the west side of Houston to the city's far suburbs, reaching Tomball. He was born and raised in Houston, TX in a military family and graduated of the U.S. Military Academy. After West Point, Wesley spent eight years in the Army as an Aviation Branch Officer and AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter pilot. Wesley’s service included one combat deployment to Iraq, and two deployments to Saudi Arabia where he served as a Diplomatic Liaison Officer. While in Saudi Arabia, Wesley served as a liaison officer representing the U.S. Government in missions involving the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Corps. Upon completion of his military service and honorable discharge as a Captain, Wesley earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations (M.I.L.R.) from Cornell University. Hunt was one of the GOP's top recruits nationally during the last election cycle and will be running in a district considered much friendlier to Republicans than the one he narrowly lost in 2020. He and his wife Emily have two daughters, Victoria and Olivia.
NEW! Monica De La Cruz is running to represent the 15th Congressional district in Texas. Her grandmother immigrated to the United States as a child to flee political injustice in Mexico. Her grandfather was a first-generation American, and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Monica’s mother, Norma, single handedly raised her and her brother in Brownsville. Living on the border and attending a public high school, Monica saw firsthand the effects of a broken immigration system and failed government policies. Monica attended the University of Texas at San Antonio; upon graduation, she felt compelled to learn more about her roots and applied for a Spanish language studies program and attended La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. After working forTNT and Cartoon Network Latin America in Atlanta, Monica returned to the Rio Grande Valley, where she eventually opened her own insurance agency. She lives in Edinburg with her two children.
NEW! Tom Kean Jr. has served as minority leader of the New Jersey Senate since 2008 and is running to take back the state’s 7th Congressional District, which includes all of Hunterdon County, and parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties. Kean is the son of two-time New Jersey Governor Tom Kean and a member of a political family that includes congressmen and U.S. Senators. Kean is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, where he also completed doctoral studies ABD in international relations. He was an aide to former Congressman Bob Franks and a special assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the George H.W. Bush administration. He has also been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. Kean resides in Westfield, NJ, with his wife, Rhonda, and their two daughters.
Attorney and conservative national commentator Amanda Makki is running to replace Charlie Crist in Florida's 13th District. As an infant, Makki and her family escaped an oppressive religious regime in Iran after the Revolution in 1979, to come to America. As a Farshi language speaker, Makki served at the Army General Counsel at the Pentagon just weeks after Sept. 11. She went on to serve as senior Republican Healthcare Advisor in both the Senate and House of Representatives, and at age 40 became one of the youngest partners at K&L Gates, one of the nation's premier law firms. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and her law degree from Catholic University of America. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Bruce Poliquin is a former two-term congressman from Maine’s Second Congressional District and is running to replace the Democrat who defeated him in the 2018 mid-term election that was Maine’s first use of the ranked-choice option. Poliquin was born in Waterville, Maine and earned his bachelor’s degree in economic from Harvard University. After college, he worked as a businessman in Chicago and New York City, starting and managing multiple businesses, including an investment company that managed $5 billion of worker pension funds. He served as Maine’s state treasurer from 2010-2012.
Virginia state Sen. Jen A. Kiggans, a Navy veteran and geriatric nurse practitioner, hopes to challenge Rep. Elaine Luria (D) in Virginia’s competitive, military-heavy 2nd District. The district, which includes Virginia Beach and Norfolk, has been a target for national Republicans, who tried to win it back in 2020 after Luria flipped it during the 2018 blue wave. The incumbent is also a Navy veteran who has positioned herself as a centrist but Kiggans has maintained that Luria votes with Nancy Pelosi "92% of the time.”
We endorsed Commander Jake Ellzey in his successful campaign -- and upset victory over Susan Wright in the special election runoff for Congress in TX-6, a North Texas district seat that opened after the passing of Rep. Ron Wright from coronavirus. Jake served as a fighter pilot, completing 20 years of service as the Air Boss on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Ellzey was deployed nine times during his military career, including five combat tours by air and one by ground with Seal Team 5, and received two Bronze Stars and eight Air Medals. He served Texas as a commissioner on the Texas Veterans Commission and is currently a commercial airline pilot based out of DFW.
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