Election May See Surge In Vets In Congress

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Today is Election Day and with a record number of veterans running for Congress (and favored to win), we might see a surge in representation that is unparalleled since 1980.

According to Stars and Stripes:

The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management’s Center for Second Service and its partner organization, Veterans Campaign, are nonpartisan groups that conduct research on military veterans’ representation in public office, as well as offer training for vets on how to get involved in electoral politics.

Currently 92 members of the House are veterans, Seth Lynn said. Of the 189 veterans who have received their party’s Congressional nomination this year, between 92 to 100 are expected to win, unless there’s a surprise sweep of the House by Democrats in Republican-leaning districts, according to the analysis.

The surge in veterans  in the House would be a welcome change for those who have long lamented the falling off of vets serving in Congress, experts say; vets know how to lead in the face of adversity, and they have a frontline understanding of the effects of Washington’s foreign policy decisions.

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