By: Alex Horton
Dan Crenshaw was not new to the battlefield before an IED explosion tore into his face and claimed his eye in Afghanistan.
The former Navy SEAL had already seen two combat tours before arriving in volatile Helmand Province in 2012. He stayed in the Navy for four more years after his serious wounds, including two other overseas postings, before leaving the service in 2016.
His name may be familiar for two reasons. One, his injury was mocked days ago on “Saturday Night Live,” and the joke drew wide condemnation. And second: Crenshaw has entered a new billet as Representative-elect for Texas' 2nd Congressional District.
Crenshaw is part of a wave of veterans elected to office Tuesday, one of at least 77 members elected who will join 15 other veterans in the Senate who were not up for reelection.
While the number of veteran lawmakers has declined after World War II and Vietnam, more younger veterans and more women veterans are joining the ranks of Congress — and advocates have said that they can smooth partisan hysteria and put Washington back to work.
The military pulverizes individualism and emphasizes teamwork. All succeed or all fail. That may explain data that suggests that veterans are more likely than nonveterans to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation, according to the Lugar Center, a Washington-based nonprofit that tracks congressional behavior.
The number of veterans elected [...]