U.S. Army Special Forces, Virginia Military Institute, Afghanistan, Four Bronze Stars (two with valor)
Mike Waltz is a hard-charging, conservative Republican who led Green Berets in multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East and led the search for Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl. He knows how to lead, bringing a unique blend of combat experience, practical business skills, and senior policy expertise to hit the ground running as a Congressman and actually get things done in Washington.
A Florida native, Mike was raised in northeast Florida by a hardworking single mother and is the son and grandson of Navy Chiefs. He graduated with honors from the Virginia Military Institute and has served for 21 years as an Army Special Forces officer rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. For his service Mike was awarded four Bronze Stars, including two for Valor.
Mike proudly served as a Senior Counterterrorism Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. He later helped build a business that now employs over 400 people world-wide including 100 across Florida – helping grow our economy and create jobs. He is the author of the book “Warrior Diplomat: a Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan” and a non-resident senior
fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Mike is also a frequent guest on the FOX News Channel.
Mike will work to re-build our military, secure our borders, protect the 2nd Amendment, lower the cost of healthcare, reform education, and defeat the ideology of radical Islamic extremism once and for all. He is a family man and is the proud father of a wonderful teenage daughter. Mike will fight for you in Congress like he fought for you on the battlefield.