2018 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
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/
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/
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
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 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/
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
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 Brian Mast and his race, please visit his website: http://www.mastforcongress.com
Dr. Ralph Abraham grew up in Northeast Louisiana and attended college at LSU. Married for 39 years, Ralph and his wife Dianne are the proud parents of three children. As a physician, Ralph has made several mission trips worldwide, and has used his skills as a pilot in the military auxiliary and to fly humanitarian missions. As your elected representative, Ralph will bring the tenacity needed to get the job done effectively and the compassion to make sure it is done morally right.
For more information on Ralph Abraham and his race, please visit his website: https://www.ralphabraham.com/
Dr. Babin served as an airborne artilleryman in the Texas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve and held various jobs to put himself through school, including merchant seaman, janitor, musician, disc jockey and U.S. Post Office letter carrier. Following his graduation from dental school, Dr. Babin was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Air Force and stationed overseas at Ramstein, Germany.
For more information on Brian Babin and his race, please visit his website: http://www.babinforcongress.com/
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/
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/
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
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
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
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/
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/
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
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.
In 1998, seeing signs of freedom being threatened, Wenstrup accepted an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in the Medical Service Corps. In 2005, he deployed for a year of active duty in Iraq where he served as a Combat Surgeon and the Chief of Surgery with the 344th Combat Support Hospital. For his service and actions in Iraq, Wenstrup was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Wenstrup continues his service in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel and serves at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
For more information on Brad Wenstrup and his race, please visit his website: http://www.usabrad.com/