Veterans will likely have a greater voice in Congress than they have in a decade. In all, 196 veterans earned their parties’ nominations for House or Senate seats this year. This was the highest number of veterans to seek office in the last 10 years. Nearly two-thirds of them (128) ran as Republicans.
So far, 69 Republican veterans and 23 Democrat veterans have won their elections for House or Senate – with some 20 races still being settled. Many of the veteran incumbents will return to their jobs on Jan. 3, but there are many new faces as well.
Perhaps the most well-known veteran to join the 118th Congress is Sen.-Elect J.D. Vance. A U.S. Marine Corps. veteran who fought in the Iraq War, Vance will be the next junior senator from Ohio. As he wrote in his best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” Vance was driven to public service to help renew America’s middle class. He will work on cutting spending and inflation, returning America to energy independence, and renewing our manufacturing base.