2014 Candidates

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Dan Bongino, MD-6

Special Agent Bongino spent 12 years with the Secret Service and in 2006 he entered into duty with the elite Presidential Protection Division in the administration of President George W. Bush. Bongino remained on protective duty during the change in administration to President Barack Obama, quickly becoming the highest-ranking member of his operational shift of agents. He was designated as the lead agent responsible for the coordination of President Obama’s visits to Prague, Jakarta, amongst a myriad of terror threats, and finally as the lead agent responsible for his visit to an active war zone in Afghanistan.

Upon resigning from the Secret Service in 2011, Bongino began a grassroots campaign for the U.S. Senate. Despite overwhelming odds, he defeated nine opponents in the Republican primary. Bongino finished second in a three way race in the general election and continues to act as an activist within the community.

To support Dan Bongino, visit bongino.com or mail Citizens for Bongino, PO Box 1330, Frederick, MD 21702


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Congressman Tom Cotton, AR-Senate

Congressman Cotton represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas. A native of Dardanelle, he graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School. Cotton clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals and practiced law before joining the United States Army as an infantry officer. Congressman Cotton spent nearly five years on active duty, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan, earning numerous decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Ranger tab. Most recently, Congressman Cotton worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. He began his first term in Congress in January 2013 and currently sits on the Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.

To support Tom Cotton, visit tomcotton.com or mail Cotton for Senate, PO Box 7504, Little Rock AR, 72217


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Joni Ernst, IA-Senate

Joni has served a combined 21 years in the United States Army Reserves and the Iowa Army National Guard. She spent 14 months mobilized and overseas in Kuwait from 2003-2004 as a company commander at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her unit was responsible for running logistical convoys in Kuwait and into southern Iraq. A Lieutenant Colonel, Joni currently commands the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Joni was elected the Montgomery County Auditor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008, and elected to the Iowa State Senate in a special election in 2011 and re-elected in 2012.

Joni’s husband Gail, is a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Rangers. Joni is a member of the Montgomery County Republican Women,Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2265 (Life Member), Montgomery County Court of Honor, Altrusa, PEO Chapter HB, National Rifle Association (Lifetime Member) and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.She is a member of the Mamrelund Lutheran Church (ELCA)of Stanton, Iowa.

To support Joni Ernst, visit joniforiowa.com or mail Joni For Iowa, PO Box 93441, Des Moines, IA 50393


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Will Hurd, TX-23

Will served for almost a decade as an undercover officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, he worked at the nexus of some of America’s most important national security issues leading intelligence operations on counterterrorism, cyber security and other critical threats. The majority of his career was spent overseas in South Asia and the Middle East where his primary mission was the recruitment of foreign assets, collection and dissemination of intelligence in support of the President and senior government policymaker’s national security decision making.

Since June 2010, Will has been a Senior Advisor with the cybersecurity firm FusionX, which he joined following a decade of federal service and a run for public office in Texas. As a member of the FusionX team Will helps tackle a wide range of complex cybersecurity challenges facing large manufacturers, financial institutions, major retailers and critical infrastructure providers.

Additionally, from 2010 to 2013, Will was a partner with a strategic advisory firm, Crumpton Group LLC, where he provided leadership across the full range of Crumpton Group’s service offerings-helping companies capture opportunities in international markets while managing risks to their physical assets, intellectual property and human resources.

Will graduated in May 2000 from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. While at A&M, he served as the President of the Student Union and was elected Student Body President.

To support Will Hurd, visit hurdforcongress.com or mail Hurd for Congress, P.O. Box 761029, San Antonio, TX 78245


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Larry Kaifesh, Il-8

Colonel Larry Kaifesh has spent the majority of the last 23 years serving the nation in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer. Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Larry has deployed five different times to Iraq and Afghanistan – leading Marines, Sailors and coalition partners against those who wish to do us harm. He is currently a Marine Reservist.

Larry Kaifesh holds a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor in combat, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.

To support Larry Kaifesh, visit kaifesh4congress.org or mail Kaifesh for Congress, 636 E. Irving Park Road, Roselle, IL 60172


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Barry Loudermilk, GA-11

Barry Loudermilk served in the United States Air Force from 1984 until 1992 during the 1986 Philippine Crisis, the 1986 Air Raid on Libya, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He received numerous awards and decorations for his exemplary service, including two Force Commendation Medals, one Air Force Achievement Medal, and the United States National Defense Service Medal.

Barry was first elected in 2004, as a state representative to Georgia’s 14th State House District and in 2010 was elected to serve in the Georgia State Senate.

He continues to serve his country and state as an active officer in the Civil Air Patrol, where he has attained the rank of Lt. Colonel, and is a volunteer search and rescue pilot with the Rome squadron.

To support Barry Loudermilk, visit loudermilkforcongress.com or mail Loudermilk for Congress, PO Box 447 Cassville, GA 30123.


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Mia Love, UT-4

Mia Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, a city of nearly 20,000 residents and one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States. Mayor Love was born to Haitian immigrant parents, who fled the oppression and socialism of their island nation. Her parents worked multiple, often menial jobs in order to give their daughter a better life and the opportunity to live the American Dream. Mayor Love is also a wife and the mother of three beautiful children. When not fighting over-reaching government bureaucracy, she is an avid runner, tread trainer and accomplished singer and dancer.

To support Mia Love, visit love4utah.com or mail Friends of Mia Love, PO Box 255, Riverton, UT 84065


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Lee Zeldin, NY-1

At the age of 23, Lee Zeldin became New York’s youngest attorney.

Lee spent four years on Active Duty with the U.S. Army and served in different capacities including as a Military Intelligence Officer, Federal Prosecutor and Military Magistrate. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Lee deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


In 2007, Lee transitioned from active duty to the Army Reserves, where he currently serves with the rank of Major. He then established a successful law practice in 2008 and was elected to the State Senate two years later.

Senator Zeldin successfully fought to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers. Lee successfully repealed the Saltwater fishing License Fee and secured funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program to help our returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He sponsored legislation to enact the nation’s strongest property tax cap and also helped reduce middle income tax rates to the lowest level in 60 years. Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.

To support Lee Zeldin, visit zeldinforcongress.com or mail Zeldin for Congress, PO Box 610, Shirley, NY 11967.


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Ryan Zinke, MT-At Large

Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and was assigned to SEAL Team ONE where he led counter-insurgency and contingency operations in the Persian Gulf and the Pacific theater of operations.


From 1990-93 and again from 1996-99, he was selected to SEAL Team SIX where he was a Team Leader, Ground Force Commander, Task Force Commander and Current Operations Officer in support of National Command Authority missions.


Ryan then served as the Special Operations Officer in Europe and led the first exercise between former Soviet Special Forces and NSW forces, and served as the SEAL Commander of Joint Task Force TWO in support of Special Operations missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo.


In 2004, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and acting Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq in the conduct of 360 combat patrols, 48 Direct Action missions, and hundreds of sensitive operations. In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat.

Ryan’s final Naval assignment was establishing the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command where he served as “Dean” of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school with a staff of over 250 educators at 15 different locations world-wide. He retired from active duty in 2008 after serving 23 years as a US Navy SEAL.

In 2008, Ryan was elected to the Montana State Senate and chaired the Senate Education Committee and served on the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.


Ryan is CEO of a consulting firm that specializes in advanced technology in the industries of aerospace, oil and gas, and national security. He is a Disabled Veteran and holds a Masters in Business Finance and a Masters in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.

To support Ryan Zinke, visit ryanzinke.com
 or mail Zinke for Congress, P.O. Box 1596 Helena, MT 59624.