FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2016

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Seth Lynn, Executive Director - 202-495-1831

Analysis: Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Have Begun

Reversing the Decades-Long Decline in Congressional Military Service

Washington, D.C. – Veterans Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting veterans seeking elected office, has conducted an initial analysis of the Congressional races involving veteran candidates. Lost in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton is the news that the new Congress will include a growing number of Post-9/11 veterans.

The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily declining since the end of the Vietnam War, when three quarters of Congress had served in uniform. Today, veterans make up less than 19 percent of Congress. However, the 2016 election seems to indicate that the trend is reversing. “The number of veterans in both the House and Senate will remain about the same, and the number of veteran House nominees was roughly the same as in 2014,” said Seth Lynn, Executive Director of Veterans Campaign. “But what’s really interesting is that veterans will make up about 26 percent of House freshmen, a much higher share than in recent freshman classes, and far higher than the proportion of veterans currently serving in the House.”

In addition to the data provided below, Veterans Campaign will present its Campaign 2016 Field Report in the coming weeks, detailing additional trends and analysis.

Summary of Initial Findings

Between (13) and (14) newly-elected vets will join the 115th House of Representatives.[1]

Between (81) and (82) total veterans will serve in the 115th House of Representatives.

The number of veterans in the Senate remained constant at (21). This is the second election in a row that the number did not drop, following a 32-year decline.

House of Representatives Major Party Nominees

The number of women vets in Congress stayed constant after several years of growth

Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)


Veterans in the 115th Congress (new veterans in bold)

Veterans in the Senate

First Name

Last Name

State

Incumbent

Branch of Service

Party Affiliation

Service in OIF / OEF

Dan

Sullivan

AK

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

OEF

Jeff

Sessions

AL

Yes

Army

Republican

Tom

Cotton

AR

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF/OEF

John

McCain

AZ

Yes

Navy

Republican

Richard

Blumenthal

CT

Yes

Marine Corps

Democrat

Tom

Carper

DE

Yes

Navy

Democrat

Bill

Nelson

FL

Yes

Army

Democrat

Johnny

Isakson

GA

Yes

Army

Republican

Joni

Ernst

IA

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF/OEF

Tammy

Duckworth

IL

Yes

Army

Democrat

OIF

Todd

Young

IN

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

Pat

Roberts

KS

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

Mitch

McConnell

KY

Yes

Army

Republican

Ed

Markey

MA

Yes

Army

Democrat

Gary

Peters

MI

Yes

Navy

Democrat

Thad

Cochran

MS

Yes

Navy

Republican

Roger

Wicker

MS

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Jim

Inhofe

OK

Yes

Army

Republican

Jack

Reed

RI

Yes

Army

Democrat

Lindsey

Graham

SC

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Mike

Enzi

WY

Yes

Air Force

Republican


Veterans in the House of Representatives

First Name

Last Name

State

Dist-

rict

Incum-

bent

Branch of Service

Party Affiliation

OIF/OEF

Outcome

Don

Young

AK

N/A

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Rick

Crawford

AR

1

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Steve

Womack

AR

3

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Martha

McSally

AZ

2

Yes

Air Force

Republican

OIF, OEF

Winner

Ruben

Gallego

AZ

7

Yes

Marine Corps

Democrat

OIF

Winner

Mike

Thompson

CA

5

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Paul

Cook

CA

8

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

Winner

Jeff

Denham

CA

10

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Jimmy

Panetta

CA

20

No

Navy

Democrat

OEF

Winner

Salud

Carbajal

CA

24

No

Marine Corps

Democrat

Winner

Stephen

Knight

CA

25

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Ted

Lieu

CA

33

Yes

Air Force

Democrat

Winner

Darrell

Issa

CA

49

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Duncan

Hunter

CA

50

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

OIF, OEF

Winner

Mike

Coffman

CO

6

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

OIF

Winner

Neal

Dunn

FL

2

No

Army

Republican

Winner

Ron

DeSantis

FL

6

Yes

Navy

Republican

OIF

Winner

Vern

Buchanan

FL

16

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Thomas

Rooney

FL

17

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Brian

Mast

FL

18

No

Army

Republican

OIF

Winner

Sanford

Bishop

GA

2

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Doug

Collins

GA

9

Yes

Air Force

Republican

OIF

Winner

Barry

Loudermilk

GA

11

Yes

Air Force

Republican

OIF

Winner

Tulsi

Gabbard

HI

2

Yes

Army

Democrat

OIF

Winner

Bobby L.

Rush

IL

1

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Mike

Bost

IL

12

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

Winner

John

Shimkus

IL

15

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Adam

Kinzinger

IL

16

Yes

Air Force

Republican

OIF, OEF

Winner

Jim

Banks

IN

3

No

Navy

Republican

OEF

Winner

Larry

Bucshon

IN

8

Yes

Navy

Republican

Winner

Roger

Marshall

KS

1

No

Army

Republican

Winner

Mike

Pompeo

KS

4

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Brett

Guthrie

KY

2

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Hal

Rogers

KY

5

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

*Clay

Higgins

LA

3

No

Army

Republican

Run Off

Ralph

Abraham

LA

5

Yes

Coast Guard

Republican

Winner

Seth

Moulton

MA

6

Yes

Marine Corps

Democrat

OIF

Winner

Andy

Harris

MD

1

Yes

Navy

Republican

Winner

Anthony

Brown

MD

4

No

Army

Democrat

OIF

Winner

Jack

Bergman

MI

1

No

Marine Corps

Republican

Winner

John

Conyers

MI

13

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Tim

Walz

MN

1

Yes

Army

Democrat

OEF

Winner

Collin

Peterson

MN

7

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Gregorio Kilili

Camacho

Sablan

MP

N/A

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Trent

Kelly

MS

1

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Steven

Palazzo

MS

4

Yes

Marine Corps

Republican

Winner

Ryan

Zinke

MT

N/A

Yes

Navy

Republican

OIF

Winner

G.K.

Butterfield

NC

1

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Walter B.

Jones

NC

3

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Don

Bacon

NE

2

No

Air Force

Republican

OIF

Winner

Bill

Pascrell

NJ

9

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Rodney

Frelinghuysen

NJ

11

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Steve

Pearce

NM

2

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Mark

Amodei

NV

2

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Lee

Zeldin

NY

1

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF

Winner

Peter

King

NY

2

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

José E.

Serrano

NY

15

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Brad

Wenstrup

OH

2

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF

Winner

Bill

Johnson

OH

6

Yes

Air Force

Republican

OIF

Winner

Warren

Davidson[3]

OH

8

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Steve

Stivers

OH

15

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF

Winner

Jim

Bridenstine

OK

1

Yes

Navy

Republican

OEF

Winner

Steve

Russell

OK

5

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF, OEF

Winner

Peter

DeFazio

OR

4

Yes

Air Force

Democrat

Winner

Scott

Perry

PA

4

Yes

Army

Republican

OIF

Winner

Tim

Murphy

PA

18

Yes

Navy

Republican

Winner

Mark

Sanford

SC

1

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Joe

Wilson

SC

2

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Phil

Roe

TN

1

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

John

Duncan

TN

2

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Louie

Gohmert

TX

1

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Ted

Poe

TX

2

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Sam

Johnson

TX

3

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Michael

Conaway

TX

11

Yes

Army

Republican

Winner

Pete

Olson

TX

22

Yes

Navy

Republican

Winner

Brian

Babin

TX

36

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Chris

Stewart

UT

2

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Scott

Taylor

VA

2

No

Navy

Republican

OIF

Winner

Bobby

Scott

VA

3

Yes

Army

Democrat

Winner

Tom

Garrett

VA

5

No

Army

Republican

Winner

David

Reichert

WA

8

Yes

Air Force

Republican

Winner

Mike

Gallagher

WI

8

No

Marine Corps

Republican

OIF

Winner



[1] Former Marine Clay Higgins is in a runoff for the third district of Louisiana and will be the fourteenth newly-elected veteran if he wins.

[2] Not accounting for races still to be determined.

[3] Warren Davidson, though technically an incumbent, replaced John Boehner in a special election as recently as June 7, 2016, and is therefore listed as a newly-elected veteran.