I started SEAL PAC to help elect like minded veterans to Congress, but it's not just Congress, I would like to see more veterans running for state and local legislatures, as well as for Governor.
I know the world is a better place when America is strong. The sad truth today is that our enemies no longer fear us, and our allies no longer trust us.
America needs leadership. As Ronald Reagan said: " Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S was too strong". As the only Navy SEAL serving in Congress and the first ever elected to the House, I know what's at stake.
I ask that you join me in this important mission: Lets work together to elect more conservative veterans across America. Representatives that will uphold the constitution, protect our freedoms, and our individual liberties. Representatives that understand the current world situation, who are not afraid to tell the truth and fully understand the importance of maintaining the worlds most powerful armed forces.
SUPPORTING, ELECTING AMERICAN LEADERS
Ryan Zinke became the first Navy SEAL elected to the US House of Representatives in November 2014.
Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (class 136). He was then assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, 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. He 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 which provided over 43 college level courses to over 2500 students annually at 15 different locations world-wide. He retired from active duty 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. As a Senator he was a leading advocate for strong family values, restoring individual and economic freedoms, energy independence, and helping veterans receive proper care. He was a proud recipient of numerous awards from the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Rural School Association.
Ryan remains the only Navy SEAL in Congress and continues to reside in Whitefish while serving Montanans in D.C and traveling across the state to meet and speak with constituents.
WHY SEAL PAC
It wasn't too long ago, back in the 1970's, that veterans made up more than 75 percent of Congress. Today it is less than 20 percent.
In 1971, veterans accounted for roughly three quarters of the House and Senate. Today, that number has fallen to 16 percent of senators and 18 percent of representatives. While military service is not a prerequisite for public service, as veterans we understand the threats faced by our nation in a dangerous world. We know what it takes to confront these threats and the price our service members and their families pay to keep us safe. That is why I support the mission of my fellow veteran Ryan Zinke and SEAL PAC to elect more veterans to Congress who will strengthen America, protect the Constitution, and not lose sight of the federal government’s primary responsibility to provide for the common defense. Because, as our friend Senator Cotton said, we’ve seen ‘what happens when you put van drivers and campaign flacks and failed novelists in charge of foreign policy and national security.-Dr. Joe Heck, Congressman (Nevada), & U.S Senate Candidate, Brigadier General US Army Reserves
SEAL PAC is very valuable to me as a veteran running for public office. Their resources for supporting veteran candidates as well as their financial support at a crucial moment during my primary campaign were important factors in my success against three self-funding opponents in a crowded, open-seat Primary Election. As fewer and fewer veterans are serving in Congress, allies like SEAL PAC are important to reinforce their value as legislators.-Jim Banks, Candidate, IN-03, Commander , US Navy Reserves.
Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT) and SEAL PAC know that America is made better by electing Representatives who offer to serve our country with everything they have, before they ever ask to lead our country as a member of Congress.
I cannot thank SEAL PAC enough for their support and mentor-ship, that I serve in the United States in Congress as every veteran has done on the battlefield, without regard for personal gain or sacrifice.-Brian Mast, Candidate for Congress, FL
Electing more veterans to Congress is important if we want to change the direction of our national policy, particularly with regards to our national security. Under the leadership of Congressman Zinke, SEAL PAC is on the front lines of our nation’s political battles and is doing great work in ensuring that we get our country going on the right track.-Congressman Ron DeSantis, US Senate Candidate, Florida
I appreciate Congressman Ryan Zinke and SEAL PAC for making a significant impact in my primary victory in Nebraska. As a 29-year AF veteran and retired Brigadier General, I never ran for office before and had low name recognition. SEAL PAC provided a generous contribution to our campaign, which helped us run TV, radio and digital advertising. I also am grateful for the advice and encouragement from Congressman Zinke. In the end we made a 50-point turn around within two months, leading us to a 66-34 point victory. I appreciate that SEAL PAC supports conservative veterans and during a time when we have a record low number of veterans serving in Congress.-Don Bacon, Candidate for Congress, NE
SEAL PAC knows how to take action and get results. We have an amazing track record of getting veterans into office with the help of our donors.
Jim BanksCongressional Candidate (Indiana) Commander, US Navy Reserves
Brian MastCongressional Canditate (Florida) SSGT, US Army - Retired
Don BaconCongressional Candidate (Nebraska) Brigadier General, USAF - Retired
Martha McSallyCongresswoman (Arizona) Colonel, USAF - Retired
Ron DeSantisCongressman (Florida) Lieutenant ,US Navy Reserves
Dr. Joe HeckCongressman (Nevada), & U.S Senate Candidate Brigadier General US Army Reserves
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