2016 Candidates

2016 Guardian Fund Candidates


Clay Higgins, LA-3

Clay Higgins is an Army veteran and served six years with the Military Police Corps. After his military service, Higgins served as the police captain and public information officer for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. Captain Higgins has become one of the nation’s most influential cops. He is best know for recording a series of vides encouraging criminals to turn themselves in. His hard-hitting tough-on-crime videos earned him the nickname “The Cajun John Wayne.” He speaks regularly to law enforcement agencies across America on. He is currently running in a runoff election to be held on December 10, 2016 for Louisiana’s open 3rd Congressional District seat.

For more information on Clay Higgins and his race, please visit his website: captainhiggins.com


Todd Young, Indiana Senate

After enlisting in the United States Navy after high school, Todd Young received an appointment from the Secretary of the Navy to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated cum laude, earning a B.S. in political science, and accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon graduating from Annapolis, Young qualified as an expert rifleman and was trained in Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection. Young earned his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business while on active duty in Chicago. Following his service in the Marine Corps, Young earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He went on to run for Congress in 2010 in Indiana’s 9th district and defeated incumbent Democrat Baron Hill. He has served in Congress since January 2011 and in 2016 announced that he would not seek reelection in the House in order to run for Indiana’s Senate seat left vacant by retiring Dan Coats.

For more information on Todd Young and his race, please visit his website: https://toddyoung.org/


Dr. Joe Heck, Nevada Senate 

Dr. Heck received a direct commission in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps in 1991 and currently holds the rank of Brigadier General. He was called to active duty three times, most recently to Iraq in 2008 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he ran the emergency services and aeromedical evacuation section of a combat support hospital in Al-Anbar province.

Using his combined medical and military experience, Dr. Heck formed Specialized Medical Operations, Inc, a small business providing medical training and consulting to law enforcement, EMS, and military special operations.

For more information on Dr. Joe Heck and his race, please visit his website: https://drjoeheck.com/


Lee Zeldin, NY-1 

Lee Zeldin spent four years on active duty with the U.S. Army serving as a military intelligence officer, federal prosecutor, and military magistrate. In 2006, Lee deployed to Iraq with the elite 82nd Airborne Division. Lee currently serves in the Army Reserves, where the rank of Major. In 2014, Lee was elected to the United States Congress, ousting a twelve-year incumbent in one of the nation’s most competitive House races. The only Jewish Republican in Congress, Lee co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Additionally, he sits on seven subcommittees also serving as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation.

For more information on Lee Zeldin and his race, please visit his website: http://www.zeldinforcongress.com/

Ryan Zinke, MT-AL 

Ryan Zinke serves Montana as their sole Representative in the United States House. Whether it’s improving services at the VA, reforming management of federal lands, or preserving the future of family farming and ranching, Ryan uses his strong Montana values to make government work and deliver results for the people of Montana. As a Navy SEAL, State Senator and now Congressman, Ryan took the same oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, and he takes that oath seriously.

For more information on Ryan Zinke and his race, please visit his website: http://www.ryanzinke.com

Warren Davidson, OH-8 

Warren Davidson enlisted in the Army, later earning an appointment to West Point. Warren distinguished himself by finishing in the top ten percent of his class. On active duty, Warren’s reputation as an Army officer was stellar, earning him positions in distinguished units: The Old Guard, The 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division. As an Army Ranger, Warren is proud to have served with our nation’s most elite soldiers. In 2000, Warren returned to his Ohio roots to help his father transform the family manufacturing business. As part of that reshaping, Warren started another business and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, graduating with honors. Warren champions conservative Republican values with integrity, a thoughtful, well-developed intellect, and a sincere Christian faith.

For more information on Warren Davidson and his race, please visit his website: https://www.davidsonforcongress.com

Martha McSally, AZ-2 

Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally is a pioneer, leader, public servant, and fighter who has dedicated her life to her Community and her Country. Martha is the first female fighter pilot in US history to fly in combat and is also the first to command a fighter squadron in combat. McSally was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Arizona’s 2nd District. In just two years, she has distinguished herself as a strong and consistent voice fighting on behalf of our military and veterans.

For more information on Martha McSally and his race, please visit his website: https://mcsallyforcongress.com/

Ron DeSantis, FL-6 

Lieutenant Commander DeSantis was sworn into the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy in 2004 while still a student at Harvard Law School. During his naval service, he deployed to Iraq in the midst of the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of special operations missions in Iraq. Since he was elected to represent Florida’s 6th District in Congress in 2012, Ron DeSantis has established himself as a principled conservative leader. He is currently still active in the U.S. Navy reserves.

For more information on Ron DeSantis and his race, please visit his website: https://www.desantis2016.com/

Darryl Glenn, Colorado Senate 

Retired Lt. Col. Darryl Glenn served our country in the Air Force for 21 years. Now Glenn is the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado. A lifelong Christian, constitutional conservative, Glenn will be a strong voice supporting the 2nd amendment and the Constitution in the United States Senate.

For more information on Darryl Glenn and his race, please visit his website: http://www.electdarrylglenn.com/

Mia Love, UT-4 

Mia Love was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Utah’s 4th district. Love is the first Haitian-American and the first black female Republican to be elected to Congress. She is also Utah’s first black representative in Congress. Mia is a nationally recognized advocate for her conservative positions on limited government, increased citizen liberties, limited restraints on business and personal accountability.

For more information on Mia Love and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mialove.com/


Carlos Curbelo, FL-26 

Carlos Curbelo was born in Miami to Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s tyranny in the 1960s. Carlos was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Florida’s 26th district. Since being elected, Carlos has worked with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to improve the quality of life for the people of South Florida and to build a stronger nation for future generations.

For more information on Carlos Curbelo and his race, please visit his website: http://carloscurbelo.com/


Will Hurd, TX-23 

Born and raised in the Lone Star state, Will Hurd now represents Texas’s 23rd district in Congress. Will Hurd served in the front lines of The War on Terror as an undercover officer in the CIA for nearly a decade in dangerous missions based in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. With an unparalleled expertise of the Middle East, Hurd is a foremost Conservative voice in the War on Terror.

For more information on Will Hurd and his race, please visit his website: http://www.hurdforcongress.com/


Rep Steve Russell, OK-5

Steve Russell graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a four-year Army ROTC scholarship, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry. Russell served 21 years – seven of those being overseas – including operation deployment to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Russell is highly decorated, having received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Additionally, his unit in Iraq was awarded the Valorous Unit Award for its role in the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein. After defeating four opponents in one of the most contested races in the Oklahoma State Senate, he was then elected to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

For more information on Steve Russell and his race, please visit his website: http://www.steverussellforcongress.com


Mike Gallagher, WI-8

A Marine Corps veteran, Mike Gallagher served seven years on active duty as a Human Intelligence/Counterintelligence Officer and Regional Affairs Officer for the Middle East and North Africa. Earning the rank of Captain, he deployed twice to Iraq as a commander of intelligence teams. He also served as the lead Republican staffer for the Middle East, North Africa, and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He currently works in the private sector as the Senior Global Market Strategist at an energy and supply chain management company.

For more information on Mike Gallagher and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mikeforwisconsin.com


Jim Banks, IN-3

A graduate of Indiana University, Jim Banks serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a supply corps officer. In 2014 and 2015, Banks took a leave of absence from the Indiana State Senate to deploy to Afghanistan during Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his military leadership in Afghanistan. He currently serves in the Indiana State Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs and the Military Committee.

For more information on Jim Banks and his race, please visit his website: http://jimbanks.us


Brian Mast, FL-18

Brian Mast served in the United States Army for 12 years, where he served under Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert. During his service, he received the Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Following retirement from the Army, Mast continued his work in counter terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

For more information on Jim Banks and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mastforcongress.com


Paul Babeu, AZ-1

Babeu joined the Massachusetts National Guard and eventually rose through the ranks to major in the Arizona Army National Guard. He served a tour in Iraq and was deployed in Arizona as a commander with Operation Jump Start (Southwest Border Mission) where his unit supported the United States Border Patrol to achieve operational control and reduce illegal immigration. Babeu retired after 20 years of service and currently serves as the elected sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona.

For more information on Paul Babeu and his race, please visit his website: http://www.sheriffpaul.com/


Scott Taylor, VA-2

Scott Taylor enlisted in the United States Navy and served with the SEALs for eight years. He served overseas in South and Central America in counternarcotics and foreign internal defense missions. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Taylor was a SEAL sniper and spent two years as a SEAL instructor teaching marksmanship and reconnaissance. After leaving the military, Taylor worked in security consulting and critical infrastructure protection. Taylor currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates.

For more information on Scott Taylor and his race, please visit his website: https://scotttaylor.us


Paul Chabot, CA-31

Chabot began his military career in 2001, where he served first the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also served on an assignment at The Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center. In 2008, Chabot served Special Operations Forces during Operation Iraqi. He currently is a Lieutenant Commander in United States Navy Reserve and the President of Chabot Strategies, L.L.C. and Chabot Securities International.

For more information on Paul Chabot and his race, please visit his website: http://www.paulchabot.com/


Amie Hoeber, MD-6

As a former Deputy Under Secretary of the Army under President Reagan, Amie worked closely with the Administration and Congress to strengthen America’s defense and national security. She was honored with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, Department of the Army. Following her work at the Pentagon, Amie founded AMH Consulting to advise the Federal government and private industry on defense and homeland security.

For more information on Amie Hoeber and her race, please visit his website: http://www.amieforcongress.com/


Dr. Neal Dunn, FL-2

Neal attended Washington & Lee University where he was honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He then attended George Washington University Medical School and completed his residency training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Following over ten years of service in the United States Army, Dr. Neal Dunn started his own Urology practice in Panama City.

For more information on Dr. Neal Dunn and his race, please visit his website: https://www.nealdunn.com/


Rep. Mike Bost, IL-12

Mike Bost served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years as an electronic specialist and radar repairman. Following his time in the Marine Corps, Mike Bost served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department before eventually taking office as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. He currently serves in U.S. Congress representing Illinois’s 12th congressional district.

For more information on Mike Bost and his race, please visit his website: http://bostforcongress.com/


Rep. Steve Knight, CA-25

Knight served in the U.S. Army from 1985-1987 as a track systems mechanic in Friedberg, Germany. After his tour ended, Knight served in the Army Reserve. Following his service in the Army, Knight served for 18 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, eventually being elected to both the California State Assembly and California State Senate. He currently serves as the U.S. Representative for California’s 25th congressional district.

For more information on Steve Knight and his race, please visit his website: http://steveknight.org


Don Bacon, NE-2

Don served in the Air Force for nearly 30 years, eventually retiring as a Brigadier General.  He served in intelligence, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and public affairs. He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008. He won multiple awards during his time in the Air Force including the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merits, and two Bronze Stars. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Bellevue University.

For more information on Don Bacon and his race, please visit his website: http://donbacon2016.com/


Jack Bergman, MI-1

Jack Bergman rose through the ranks of the Marine Corps to eventually retire as a three-star general. During his time in the Marine Corps, he served as commanding general of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, we well as a naval aviator. Following retirement, Jack Bergman worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines and his own business in the medical equipment field.

For more information on Jack Bergman and his race, please visit his website: http://www.bergmanforcongress.com/