Which veterans won

Elizabeth Howe
November 07, 2018 - 8:12 am

Photo courtesy Chrissy Houlahan for Congress


The 116th Congress will be sworn in today — and it includes a new group of veterans.

What will these veterans look like in Congress? They're bringing years of military service, leadership skills, and a commitment to country and service with them to Congress. And a lot of them talked about bipartisanship — but now that they've been elected, will we see that bipartisanship in action?

"My answer is if anyone can do it, maybe veterans have a shot," said Jeremy Teigen, a professor of political science at Ramapo College and the author of Why Veterans Run. "But we have to remember there are incentives for polarisation. They're definitely swimming upstream if they're trying to get to Washington and learn how to work with the other party in a system that doesn't incentivize that."

"I'm hopeful," said Nick Armstrong, the senior director for research and evaluation at the Institue for Veterans and Military Families. "I'd be speculating to actually say either way. I certainly think that if history holds true, these veterans will help Congress be a little more bipartisan, less politically divided. And I think that's a good thing." 

Here are some of the veterans who have been elected to Congress.

Dan Crenshaw TX-2 (R)
Won 53% of votes over Todd Litton's 45.4%
About Dan Crenshaw
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Chrissy Houlahan PA-6 (D)
Won 58.8% of votes over Greg McCauley's 41.2%
About Chrissy Houlahan
Our Coverage: Is Chrissy Houlahan the perfect Dem candidate?

Brian Mast FL-18 (R)
Won 54.4% of votes over Lauren Baer's 45.6%
About Brian Mast
Our coverage: Can they all get along?

Elaine Luria VA-2 (D)
Won 51.1% of votes over Scott Taylor's 48.9%
About Elaine Luria
Our Coverage: Here are the female veterans in the running to make history

Jeff Denham CA-10 (R)
Won 50.6% of votes over Josh Harder's 49.4%
About Jeff Denham

Abigail Spanberger VA-7 (D)
*As of 8:04 a.m. EST with 99% of the votes reported
Won 50.1% of votes over Dave Brat's 48.7%
About Abigail Spanberger
Our Coverage: Here are the female veterans in the running to make history

Michael Waltz FL-6 (R)
Won 56.3% of votes over Nancy Soderberg's 43.7%
About Michael Waltz

Mikie Sherrill NJ-11 (D)
*As of 8:04 a.m. EST with 97% of the votes reported
Won 55.6% of votes over Jay Webber's 43.3%
About Mikie Sherrill
Our Coverage: Here are the female veterans in the running to make history

Max Rose NY-11 (D)
Won 52.8% of votes over Dan Donovan's 46.8%
About Max Rose
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And make sure to visit With Honor's candidate map to check in on all 200 veteran congressional candidates.

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