Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced his endorsement of eight veteran Democratic candidates for Congress in key districts across the country. This is the first wave of endorsements Moulton will be making in the 2018 cycle. These candidates represent a new generation of leadership in the Democratic Party and are driven by a commitment to service.
“In the Marines, I served with great Americans from all over the country. We came together with different backgrounds and beliefs, but we put aside those differences to do what’s best for America. That ethic of service is lacking in Washington,” said Moulton.
“While being a veteran is not a litmus test for serving in Congress, we need more service-driven leaders who are prepared to put country over party and people over politics. The American people deserve leaders who are ready, willing, and able to work together to deliver real results. And the Democratic Party needs a new generation of leadership - one focused on the future. It’s time to stop rehashing 2016 and deliver a vision for America that addresses the real challenges facing Americans in all parts of our country. I proudly endorse these candidates, and I look forward to working with them in Congress."
The candidates receiving endorsements from Moulton include:
Josh Butner (CA-50)
Josh served for 23 years in the United States Navy SEAL Teams where he saw multiple combat deployments, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Josh first came to San Diego County in 1988 for training to become a Navy Seal and currently lives on a small ranch in Jamul where he raised his children, one of whom currently serves in the military. Josh was inspired to continue serving his community as a public official when a local news station reported that there were not enough people running for his local school board. He successfully won election to the Jamul Dulzura School Board.
Jason Crow (CO-6)
During college Jason decided to join the ROTC and serve in the active duty Army, eventually finishing at the top of his class as the Distinguished Military Graduate. After the horrific 9/11 attacks, he served in the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. Shortly after returning from Iraq he joined the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, serving two additional tours – this time in Afghanistan, as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, where Jason served along the Pakistan border and achieved the rank of Captain. Since leaving the Army in 2006, Jason has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country.
Ken Harbaugh (OH-7)
A former Navy pilot, Ken comes from a family of veterans and has continued to straddle the military / civilian divide throughout his career, with a particular focus on re-integration of veterans. As president and COO of Team Rubicon Global, Ken helped to recruit and deploy tens of thousands of military veterans into international disaster relief zones.
Roger Dean Huffstetler (VA-5)
After the attacks on 9/11, Roger Dean (RD) answered the call to serve. In 2003, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time in the military, RD taught math and leadership classes to his fellow Marines.
Joseph Kopser (TX-21)
Joseph Kopser spent 20 years, including two trips to Iraq before he entered the private sector where he built and sold a high tech company focused on transportation. His new company focuses on clean energy and innovation.
Dan McCready (NC-9)
Dan first felt called to serve our country in the years after 9/11, which happened while he was a college freshman. Dan didn't come from a military family, but he joined the Marines after graduation and led 65 Marines during combat operations in the 2007 Iraq surge. After returning home, he established a company that has helped build dozens of solar farms in North Carolina. He now feels called to serve again.
Patrick Ryan (NY-19)
Pat is a Democrat running to represent New York's 19th Congressional District, where he was born and raised. As a West Point-trained Army officer and technology entrepreneur, his career has been driven by service to our nation throughout his life. Pat’s commitment to finding creative solutions sparked technological advancements in the fight against terrorism and fueled job creation.
Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)
Naval Academy graduate, Navy Pilot and former federal prosecutor – Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress to fight back against Donald Trump and to fight for our future. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Mikie Sherrill spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. As a Sea King Helicopter pilot, Mikie flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East. After leaving the Navy in 2003, Mikie attended law school, earning a degree from Georgetown University. She worked in private practice and eventually joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.