Live Results: US Military Veteran Candidates in the 2020 Elections

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Those who served in the U.S. military -- particularly veterans of the post-9/11 wars, today make up a prominent voice in the House and Senate. In all, 182 veterans are running in an election cycle involving 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats to be decided Nov. 3. In the Senate, 19 of the party-nominated candidates are veterans; in the House, 163 are.

Tracking organizations including the Veterans Campaign say that, while it's unlikely the overall proportion of veterans in Congress will grow substantially, the veteran contingent is likely to get more diverse, with a marked increase in female candidates and millennial challengers.

As results come in on election night and are called by the Associated Press, we'll update them here.

Get up to speed on the hottest races involving veterans in the House and Senate:

Newcomers

  • Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s former Navy physician, who retired from the service in 2019 as a rear admiral, was elected as a Republican to the Texas seat vacated by retiring House Armed Service Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry. Jackson has been outspoken in his defense of Trump, and made headlines in October when he publicly questioned challenger Joe Biden's mental fitness for office.

  • Scott Franklin, a Republican, defeated Democrat Alan Cohn to win Florida’s 15th congressional district. A former Navy fighter pilot who served for 26 years, he succeeds Republican Ross Spano, who lost in the Republican primary.

  • August Pfluger, a Republican, handily beat Democrat Jon Hogg to bag Texas’ 11th district, succeeding retiring Rep. Mike Conaway. In addition to a high-speed military career that included more than 300 hours of combat missions against ISIS as an Air Force F-22 pilot, Pfluger has also served on President Donald Trump's National Security Council.

  • Andrew Clyde, a Republican, swept his race against Democrat Kevin Pandy to win Georgia’s 9th district. A former Navy officer and combat veteran, he’ll succeed Republican Doug Collins, a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve who is running for a Colorado Senate seat.

  • Pat Fallon, a Republican, decisively won Texas’ 4th district, previously held by John Ratcliffe, who resigned to become director of National Intelligence. Fallon is a former Air Force officer who previously served in the Texas state Senate.

  • Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican and retired Army lieutenant colonel from Wisconsin, picked up a House seat representing the state’s 5th District. Fitzgerald, a longtime majority leader in his state’s senate, beat Democrat Tom Palzewicz. He's succeeding retiring Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

  • Barry Moore, a Republican, has won a seat in Alabama’s second district, succeeding Martha Roby, another member of the GOP who is retiring. Moore, an Army veteran, featured his service in campaign ads, positioning himself as the only veteran Republican in his race.

  • Roger Marshall, a Republican, won his bid for Senate against Democratic challenger Barbara Bollier in Kansas Tuesday and is set to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Marshall, who has represented Kansas's 1st congressional district in the House since 2017, is a former Army reservist who served for seven years.

  • Kai Kahele, a Democrat, took Hawaii’s second district, previously held by Tulsi Gabbard, who is retiring following an unsuccessful presidential bid. Kahele is a decorated lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Air National Guard and the son of Hawaii state senator Gil Kahele.

  • Tony Gonzales, a Republican who served in the Navy as a cryptologist, beat another veteran, Gina Ortiz Jones, to clinch Texas’ 23rd district. He’ll succeed Republican Will Hurd, who plans to retire. Gonzales served in the Navy for 20 years, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Jake Auchincloss, a Democrat, won Massachusetts’ 4th congressional district, beating Republican Julie Hall. He’ll be replacing Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, a Democrat, who will depart after having lost a Senate bid. He’s the second former Marine Corps infantry officer in the Massachusetts congressional delegation, joining Rep. Seth Moulton, who was elected in 2014.

  • Troy Nehls, a Republican, was victorious in a relatively close race to win Texas’ 22nd congressional district. A sheriff for Fort Bend County, Texas, Nehls is a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan. He’ll replace Republican Pete Olson, who is retiring.

  • Peter Meijer, a Republican, secured victory in Michigan’s 3rd district, beating out Democrat Hillary Scholten. He’ll succeed Libertarian Justin Amash, who is departing the House. Meijer, a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve who deployed to Iraq, has been active in prominent veterans organizations including Team Rubicon and Student Veterans of America.

  • Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is returning to Congress two years after having stepped down from his seat in California’s 49th Congressional district. He beat Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar to clinch the race in California’s 50th, and will succeed Duncan Hunter, who resigned amid corruption charges and was sentenced to 11 months in prison March 17. Issa is a former captain in the U.S. Army.

Reelected

  • Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., will keep his seat, defeating Democratic challenger Chip Coldiron. Banks, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is a member of the House Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees.

  • Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Kent., beat Democratic challenger Hank Linderman to keep his seat. Guthrie, who was a lieutenant in the Army, first took office in 2009.

  • Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former Army major, keeps his seat against challenger Allen Waters. Reed is poised to becoming SASC chairman if the Senate majority flips.

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also wins reelection against Democratic challenger Abby Broyles. Inhofe is a former Army specialist.

  • Rep. Brian Mast, R-Florida, will keep his seat against Democrat Pam Keith. Mast, a decorated Army combat veteran and double amputee, took office in 2017.

  • Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., will keep his longtime seat against Republican Kevin O’Connor. Markey served as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve.

  • Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., wins reelection against Democrat Clint Curtis. Waltz is a Special Forces officer in the Army National Guard who took office in 2019.

  • Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., keeps his seat against challenger Allen Ellison. Steube, a former Army judge advocate who served in Iraq, assumed office in 2019.

  • Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will stay in office, defeating Democrat Shawna Roberts. Johnson, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel, took office in 2011.

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., the Senate majority leader, defeated Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in a grudge match to hold onto his seat. McConnell served in the Army for 37 days before being separated for medical reasons.

  • Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., beat Democratic challenger Kiran Sreepada to keep his seat. Green, a retired Army infantry officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, took office in 2019. He was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as Army secretary, but later withdrew from consideration amid questions over past controversial comments.

  • Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, successfully defended his seat against Democrat Rashad Lewis. Babin, a former member of the Texas Army National Guard and Army Reserve, assumed office in 2015.

  • Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, won reelection against Democrat Sima Ladjevardian. Crenshaw, an outspoken and polarizing junior congressman who assumed office in 2019, is a decorated former Navy SEAL officer who lost his right eye in an improvised explosive device attack.

  • Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, won reelection against Democrat Margaret Good. He’s a former member of the Air National Guard who has held his seat since 2013.

  • Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., cruised to reelection against Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington. Cotton, a decorated Army infantry officer, has served in the Senate since 2015, serves in the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.

  • Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind, won reelection against Democrat Thomasina Marsili. He’s a former member of the U.S. Navy Reserve who took office in 2011.

  • Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, will keep his seat, defeating Democrat Vanessa Enoch. He’s a former Army Special Operations Officer who assumed office in 2016.

  • Rep. Jim Baird, R-Ind., wins reelection against Democrat Joe Mackey. He’s an Army veteran of the Vietnam war who was first elected to his seat in 2018.

  • Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, a brigadier general in the Ohio Army National Guard, will hang on to the seat he has held since 2011, defeating Democrat Joel Newby.

  • Sen. Greg Pence, R-Ind., keeps his seat against challenger Jeannine Lake. Pence, the brother of Vice President Mike Pence, is also a former Marine Corps officer.

  • Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss, successfully defended his seat against challenger Antonia Eliason. Kelly, a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee who took office in 2015.

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, defeated Democrat Hank Gilbert to keep his seat. Gohmert is best known as a member of the House Freedom Caucus, but he’s also a former Army officer. He took office in 2005.

  • Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Georgia, beat Republican Don Cole to hang onto his seat. Bishop, an Army veteran, has served his district since 1993.

  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., beat Republican Sandy Smith to win his race. He’s a former Army specialist as well as a former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice.

  • Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., defeated Republican Steve House. A former Army captain and Bronze Star recipient, Crow is a freshman lawmaker who was elected to his seat in 2018.

  • Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., easily held onto the seat that he’s occupied since 1993. Rush, a civil rights activist, is also an Army veteran.

  • Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., handily defeated Republican Billy Prempeh. A veteran of the Army and Army Reserve, Pascrell assumed office in 1997.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., won a fourth term in the Senate despite a close race against Democrat Jamie Harrison. Graham, a retired Air Force colonel who was outmatched in campaign fundraising in recent months, has a close relationship with President Donald Trump.

  • Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, defeated Democratic challenger Jaime Castle to win reelection. A colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Wenstrup became a recipient of the Soldier’s Medal when he provided care to a fellow congressman after a 2017 shooting. He’s held his seat since 2013.

  • Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., a former Navy helicopter pilot, won reelection in her state, beating Republican Rosemary Becchi. Sherrill has served in Congress since 2019.

  • Rep. Anthony Brown, a Democrat from Maryland, defeated his Republican challenger George McDermott to retain his seat in the state’s fourth congressional district. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Brown is an Iraq veteran who served 30 years in the Army and retired as a colonel.

  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Georgia, won reelection by a comfortable margin against Democrat Dana Barrett. An Air Force veteran, he has faced past criticism centering on allegations he embellished his military resume. Loudermilk has held his seat since 2015. 

  • Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., won reelection to the seat he’s held since 2015. A Marine Corps veteran who saw service in Iraq, Gallego is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

  • Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., won reelection against Democrat Celeste Williams. Womack, a retired Army National Guard colonel, has been in Congress since 2011.

  • Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., easily kept his seat in a contest with Democrat Adair Boroughs. Wilson, who retired as a colonel from the Army Reserve, took office in 2001, and currently serves as an assistant Republican whip.

  • Rep. Michael Bost, R-Ill., defeated Democratic challenger Raymond Lenzi to keep his seat. A Marine Corps veteran and former firefighter, he took office in 2015.

  • Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, will get another term after defeating Democrat Lulu Seikaly. Taylor, who left the Marine Corps Reserve as a major, saw service in Iraq before being elected to the House in 2018.

  • Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., will keep his seat, fending off Republican challenger Jeff Gorman. Panetta, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, is also the son of former defense secretary Leon Panetta. He assumed office in 2017.

  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., an Air Force lieutenant colonel, has defeated Democrat Dani Brzozowski to retain his seat representing Illinois's 16th congressional district. While on duty, Kinzinger, assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, flies the RC-26 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane. 

  • Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., handily won his House race against Republican John Collick. He’s a former member of the Massachusetts National Guard and Army Reserve who served in the Virginia state Senate before coming to the House in 2019.

  • Rep. Jack Bergman, R-MI, a retired Marine Corps three-star general and the former head of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, was easily reelected to the seat he’s held since 2017, beating Democrat Dana Ferguson.

  • Rep. Don Bacon, R-NE, kept the seat he has held since 2017, defeating Democrat Raymond Lenzi. Bacon, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, is a former Air Force brigadier general who served as a wing commander at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

  • Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a former Air Force major who set a record for the fastest nonstop flight around the world in a B-1 bomber, beat Democrat Kael Weston, a decorated former State Department official, to keep his seat.

  • Rep. William Timmons, R-S.C., defended his seat against Democratic challenger Kim Nelson. A lieutenant in the South Carolina Air National Guard, Timmons was part of the wave of veteran legislators elected in 2018.

  • Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., will continue to represent his district, beating Republican John Paul Moran. A decorated former Marine Corps infantry officer, Moulton was elected in 2014 and made a short-lived presidential bid in 2019.

  • Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, managed to hang onto her seat in one of the closest Senate races of the cycle. A former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and later the Iowa Army National Guard, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ernst faced a serious challenge from Democrat Theresa Greenfield.

  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., held his seat against Republican Alek Skarlatos. A former member of the Air Force Reserve, DeFazio has served since 1987 and is an outspoken advocate for terminating the U.S. Selective Service System.

  • Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., defeated Democrat Amanda Stuck. A former Marine Corps captain who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Gallagher was elected in 2016.

  • Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., easily beat Republican Scott Giblin to keep his seat. Thompson is chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a former Army staff sergeant who served in Vietnam. He first assumed office in 2009.

  • Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Penn., beat Democrat Bill Marx to keep his seat. A former Navy JAG who served in Iraq, Reschenthaler was previously a member of the Pennsylvania state senate before coming to Congress in 2019.

  • Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., defended his seat against Republican Andy Caldwell.Carbajal is a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve who sits on the House Armed Services Committee. He took office in 2017.

  • Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., kept her seat in a neck-and-neck race with Republican challenger Scott Taylor. Luria and Taylor are both Navy veterans -- she’s a retired surface officer, he’s a former SEAL -- and they’re no stranger to competition. She defeated him in 2018 to take her House seat.

  • Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, beat Republican Dale crafts to keep the seat he won in 2018. Golden is a Marine Corps veteran who saw service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

  • Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., kept his seat in one of the closest Senate contests of the election, beating Republican challenger John James. The race was veteran vs. veteran: Peters, who has served in the Senate since 2015, is a retired Navy lieutenant commander; James is a West Point graduate and former Apache pilot.

  • Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., beat Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale to keep the seat he has held since 2013. Perry is a former brigadier general in the Pennsylvania National Guard who retired in 2019.

  • Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Penn., held off Republican challenger Sean Parnell, himself a veteran and author of military thrillers. Lamb will be entering his second term in Congress. He’s a former captain in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.

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