Oct 27, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Capitol Police officer who testified to Jan. 6 panel eyes House bid

Officer Harry Dunn testifies to the Jan. 6 select committee on July 27, 2021. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images.

Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who testified to the Jan. 6 select committee about his experience during the Capitol riot, is considering a run for Congress.

Driving the news: Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) announced Thursday he will not run for a 10th term, opening up his safely Democratic district in the central Maryland suburbs for the first time in nearly two decades.

What he's saying: "I see there is going to be an open Congressional seat in Maryland," Dunn said in a post on X in reaction to news of Sarbanes' decision.

  • Dunn confirmed to Axios in a text message that he is considering a run.

The backdrop: Dunn made national headlines when he testified before the Jan. 6 committee in 2021 along with three other law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the brutal assault.

  • Dunn said he was subjected to racial slurs as he fought off Jan. 6 rioters, who he said called him a "f***king n*****" after he said he voted for President Biden.
  • Dunn also testified that he was still receiving counseling for the trauma he suffered during the riot, telling the panel: "Jan. 6 still isn't over for me."
  • Dunn later wrote a book about his experience during the attack and has continued to vocally criticize former President Trump for his role in the attack.
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