The current U.S. Senate reveals an unnerving disparity compared to its pre-WWII iteration. There were more veterans serving in this distinguished body then, than there are now. Indeed, the present tally of elected officials who also claim military service as part of their life story is at an all-time low. As we’ve reported earlier this July, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) recruitment strategy for the 2024 Senate race seems to offer a course correction. It palpably emphasizes and seeks out veterans. Now, we’re beginning to witness the fruits of this strategy as more of those who’ve served in our armed forces step up for a different kind of public service – running for the U.S. Senate.
This group of extraordinary individuals, who have signed up to protect our nation in the past, embody an enduring spirit of service. Their military tenure instilled in them essential values such as leadership, readiness, commitment, and integrity – qualities that are integral to exceptional U.S. Senators. The following list introduces the 2024 GOP recruits who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces, including distinguished recipients of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.