Sep 19, 2018

Military vets are setting a record in 2018

Amy McGrath (right) is one of the military veterans endorsed by With Honor. Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS

There are 200 military veterans running for Congress in the midterm elections, according to With Honor, a non-partisan super PAC. All but one of the women endorsed by the group are Democrats.

Why it matters: This is another 2018 trend that could change the face of Congress. Less than 20% of lawmakers have served in the military and less than 20% of House members are women.

The backdrop: An estimated 400 veterans ran for the House of Representatives this year, which could be twice as many as past cycles, With Honor co-founder and CEO Rye Barcott told The Atlantic.

  • The group has raised $20 million (of their $30 million goal) to support their candidates this cycle, per The Atlantic. $10 million of that came from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
  • With Honor has endorsed 34 military vets running for office this cycle, including 18 Democrats and 16 Republicans.
  • The female veterans endorsed by the group include Amy McGrath in Kentucky, Chrissy Houlahan in Pennsylvania, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas, Elaine Luria in Virginia, Lynne Blankenbeker (R) in New Hampshire, and MJ Hegar in Texas.

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