AUSA welcomes 8 new Army veterans to 116th Congress
Thursday, November 29, 2018
The 116th Congress will seat a record number of veterans with more than 90 serving in the House and Senate. Here are the new members of the 116th Congress who served in the Army.
- Rep.-elect Jim Baird (R) was an Army first lieutenant in Vietnam in 1971, part of the 523rd Transportation Company, when his gun truck, “The Proud American,” was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Baird lost his left arm. Elected to represent Indiana’s 4th District, Baird is a strong supporter of boosting defense spending.
- Rep.-elect Jason Crow (D) will represent Colorado’s 6th District in the 116th Congress. Crow joined ROTC in college and went on to serve on active duty from 2002–2006. As an Infantry Officer, Crow served one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. After his service, Crow, now an attorney, served on the Colorado Board of Veterans’ Affairs, focusing on veterans’ homelessness and substance abuse issues.
- Rep.-elect Mark Green (R) will represent Tennessee’s 7th District. Green, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, served in the Army from 1987-2006. From 1987–1990, he served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, and battalion personnel officer in the 194th Separate Armor Brigade, and from 1990–1992 as a supply officer and an airborne rifle company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division. Serving as an Army special operations flight surgeon, Green was assigned to the 160th Special Ops Aviation Regiment. His most memorable mission was the capture of Saddam Hussein, where he interviewed Saddam for six hours the night of his capture. Last year, Green was nominated to serve as the Secretary of the Army before withdrawing his name from consideration.
- Rep.-elect Max Rose (D) served in Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013, earning a Purple Heart when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Rose, who will represent New York’s 11th District, is the first post-9/11 combat veteran to seek office in New York City. He continues his service today in the Army National Guard.
- Rep.-elect Greg Steube (R) will represent the 17th District of Florida. After law school, Steube enlisted in the Army after the September 11th attacks and served from 2004 to 2008. In the Army, he spent one year as a commissioned Airborne Infantry Officer, and three years in the Army JAG Corps, serving as a captain with the 25th Infantry Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Rep.-elect William Timmons IV (R) was recently commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a JAG Officer. He is currently assigned to the 263rd Army Air Missile Defense Command in Anderson, South Carolina. Timmons will represent the 4th District of South Carolina.
- Rep.-elect Michael Waltz (R) served in the Army from 1996 to 2007 obtaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. Elected to represent Florida’s 6th District, Waltz served as a Special Forces officer with multiple combat tours to Afghanistan. No stranger to Washington, he also served in the White House and Pentagon during the Bush Administration as an advisor and policy director for counterterrorism.
- Rep.-elect Steve Watkins (R) served in the Army from 1999-2005. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Watkins achieved the rank of Captain and served in Afghanistan. After his service, he spent another decade serving as an independent contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout Central Asia, working predominantly with the Department of Defense. Watkins will represent the 2nd District of Kansas.