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From warfighters to lawmakers: Ranks of Navy SEALs growing in Congress

Posted on AllSides July 3rd, 2023
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The number of military veterans in Congress has dwindled over the past decade, but one group of former commandos has bucked that trend.

House membership of Navy SEALs went from zero to five over the past 10 years. They won elections to represent districts in Montana, Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas.

All members of this small club are Republicans.

The 80 military veterans serving in the House represent 18% of the chamber’s 435 members. It is the smallest share in modern history, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

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