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Press Release: With Honor Endorses Nine Next-generation Veterans for Congress

January 25, 2018

With Honor Endorses Nine Next-generation Veterans for Congress

New cross-partisan organization’s first round of endorsements includes 5 Republicans and 4 Democrats who have committed to the With Honor Pledge

CHARLOTTE, NC - With Honor — a cross-partisan political organization focused on increasing the number of principled, next-generation veterans in Congress — announced its first round of candidate endorsements primarily focused on races with upcoming Democratic and Republican primaries in March.

“Americans overwhelmingly want leaders who will put their country before party,” said With Honor co-founder and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rye Barcott. “These younger, next-generation veterans each bring a unique and diverse range of experiences, but what binds them together is their demonstrated commitment to putting public interest over self-interest.”

With over 150 next-generation veterans running for the House this cycle, With Honor selected nine candidates for its first round of endorsements, based on their qualifications and the upcoming primary calendar. These veterans represent four branches of the military and were selected based on their leadership history and their commitment to the With Honor Pledge (below) to lead with integrity, civility, and courage, including the courage to meet with someone from another party at least once each month and to sponsor legislation with a member of another party at least once every year:

  • Republican Dan Crenshaw (TX-2)—Veteran, U.S. Navy
  • Democrat Jonathan Ebel (IL-13)—Veteran, U.S. Navy
  • Republican Jake Ellzey (TX-6)—Veteran, U.S. Navy
  • Republican Jonny Havens (TX-2)—Veteran, U.S. Army
  • Democrat MJ Hegar (TX-31)—Veteran, U.S. Air Force
  • Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23)—Veteran, U.S. Air Force
  • Democrat Pat Ryan (NY-19)—Veteran, U.S. Army
  • Republican Kenneth Sheets (TX-5)—Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Republican Van Taylor (TX-3)—Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps

In 2018, With Honor will provide strategic support to a select group of candidates and will regularly make additional endorsements. With Honor’s advisory board includes post-9/11 veterans and Gold Star family members—J. D. Vance, Nate Fick, Ryan Manion, and Jake Wood—as well as prominent American leaders such as Secretary George Shultz, Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Michael Mullen, Senator Tom Daschle, Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Jane Holl Lute, David Gergen, and Michèle Flournoy. 

“We salute them for their willingness to serve our nation again in a time when the number of veterans in Congress is at a record low,” Barcott added. “It is not easy, especially in this environment of shutdowns, partisan entrenchment, and skyrocketing costs to run for office.”

With Honor is a federally registered “super PAC.” With Honor has an affiliated 501(c)(4) entity called With Honor Action, which serves as the organization’s policy and social-welfare arm.

The With Honor Pledge

1. Integrity

I will always speak the truth and prioritize the public interest above my self-interest.

  • I will return or give to charity contributions from sources that I find out taint my integrity.
  • I will use the power of my office only for the service of my constituents and my country.

2. Civility

I will respect my colleagues, focus on solving problems and work to bring civility to politics.

  • I will publicly reject, and seek to remove, any advertisements in support of my campaign that lie about or baselessly attack the character of my opponent.
  • I will attend and participate in a cross-partisan veterans caucus.

3. Courage

I will defend the rights of all Americans and have the courage to collaborate across the aisle and find common ground.

  • I will meet with someone from an opposing party one-on-one at least once a month.
  • I will join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle on at least one piece of major legislation each year, and co-sponsor additional pieces.

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