See How Veterans Are Still Serving In Washington and Their Home States
Candidates for the 2022 midterm elections are out there and advertising. If you’re like me, you don’t have cable and you probably won’t see their ads. And that’s a good thing, but you see them anyway and try to ignore them – if you’re like me. We’ve seen before that what the media show and what Veterans think can be two very different things. That said, we wanted to know how many Veterans are working now in politics and for what party. We also reached out to every Senate candidate but 3 and asked them to respond to specific questions about their views and ideas on how to stop Veteran suicide. We will post their replies.
Number of Veterans Serving Currently
The 2022 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested in regular elections, the winners of which will serve six-year terms in the United States Congress from January 3, 2023, to January 3, 2029. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. As of March 2020, this list is incomplete. Out of 100 senators, 24 have served in the United States military. Currently, there are 76 Members in the U.S. House of Representatives who are veterans.
For a list of all Veterans running for office in 2022, click here.
For perspective, it’s important to know how many veterans currently serve. By chamber in 2021, House members include 658 veterans, while Senate members consist of 253 veterans. These numbers were 780 and 260, respectively, in 2016, according to American Enterprise Institute. After New Hampshire, the states with the most veterans serving as legislators are Georgia (34), Missouri (30) and Pennsylvania (27).
An analysis conducted after the 2020 elections identified at least 911 military veterans currently serving in the legislatures of the 50 states and five U.S. territories. These veterans make up 12.24% of the 7,383 state legislators nationwide.