Michael Waltz

Michael Waltz
Michael Waltz, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byRon DeSantis
Personal details
Born
Michael George Glen Waltz

(1974-01-31) January 31, 1974 (age 45)
Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationVirginia Military Institute (BA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
UnitU.S. Army Special Forces
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan

Michael George Glen Waltz[1][2] (born January 31, 1974)[3] is a U.S. Army officer and American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Education[edit]

Waltz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Career[edit]

A U.S. Army National Guard Special Forces officer, he is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and is the first Green Beret ever elected to the United States Congress. Before his election to Congress, Waltz served in a senior role at The Pentagon as Director for Afghanistan policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, served as a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism in the George W. Bush Administration, was co-founder and partner at Askari Associates, LLC, and was president of Metis Solutions. He was formerly a FOX News Channel contributor, providing expert commentary on foreign policy and defense issues, and has also appeared frequently on CNN, MSNBC, BBC World News, and PBS Frontline.[4][5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2018 General election[edit]

Waltz ran for Florida's 6th congressional district in 2018 to succeed incumbent Republican Ron DeSantis, who retired before being elected Governor of Florida in a close race.[6][7]

Tenure[edit]

He won the election over Democrat Nancy Soderberg and was sworn in to the 116th congress on January 3, 2019.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • For Country Caucus
  • Army Caucus
  • Special Forces Caucus
  • Shipbuilding Caucus
  • Motorsports Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee
  • American Flood Coalition
  • Afghanistan Caucus
  • Taiwan Caucus
  • Florida Ports Caucus
  • Kurdish Caucus

Electoral History[edit]

Republican primary results, Florida 2018[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Waltz 32,916 42.43%
Republican John Ward 23,593 30.41%
Republican Fred Costello 21,074 27.16%
Total votes 77,583 100%
Florida's 6th congressional district, 2018[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Waltz 187,891 56.31%
Democratic Nancy Soderberg 145,758 43.69%
Total votes 333,649 100%
Republican hold

Books[edit]

  • Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan. ISBN 1612346316.

References[edit]

  1. ^ VMI Grad Elected to Florida Congress
  2. ^ "Representative Michael Waltz". Representative Michael Waltz. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  3. ^ https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/416745-florida-new-members-2019
  4. ^ "Matchup between ex-Cheney aide and ex-Clinton aide set in Florida's 6th". The Washington Post. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  5. ^ Mark Harper. "Big money aids Nancy Soderberg, Michael Waltz in District 6 congressional race - News - The St. Augustine Record - St. Augustine, FL". Staugustine.com. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  6. ^ "Republican Michael Waltz wins open Florida House seat, keeping 6th District in GOP control". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. ^ "Special forces: How Mike Waltz defeated the national left - Florida Politics". floridapolitics.com. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference Primary Election was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Cite error: The named reference General Election was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ron DeSantis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jeff Van Drew
United States Representatives by seniority
429th
Succeeded by
Steve Watkins