MJ Hegar

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MJ Hegar
Personal details
Mary Ottilie von Stein

(1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 46)
Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Brandon Hegar (m. 2011)
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (BA, MBA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1999–2011
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major

Mary Jennings Hegar (née von Stein;[1] born March 16, 1976) is an American politician, Air Force veteran, businesswoman, and teacher.[2]

In 2017, she published the memoir Shoot Like a Girl, which talks about her service in Afghanistan.[3] She also sued the Air Force to remove the Combat Exclusion Policy.[4][5]

In July 2017, she announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for United States House of Representatives to Texas's 31st congressional district. After winning the nomination,[6] she lost by 3% by incumbent Republican John Carter.[7]

On April 23, 2019, Hegar announced her plans run against incumbent United States Senator John Cornyn in the 2020 election.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Heritage Honor Wall: Capt Mary (von Stein) Jennings, Class of 1999, Combat Pilot, HH-60G Pave Hawk & Purple Heart Winner". Department of Air Force Science, University of Texas at Austin. 11 December 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. Svitek, Patrick (6 July 2017). "Military hero MJ Hegar launches Democratic bid against U.S. Rep. John Carter". Texas Tribune.
  3. Hegar, Mary Jennings (2016). Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front. New York: Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. ISBN 978-1-101-98845-9. OCLC 935676913.
  4. "Mary Jennings Hegar, Jennifer Hunt, Alexandra Zoe Bedell, Colleen Farrell, and Service Women's Action Network v. Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense. Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief" (PDF). American Civil Liberties Union. 27 November 2012.
  5. Worrall, Simon (26 March 2017). "Female Helicopter Pilot Took on the Taliban—and the Pentagon". National Geographic.
  6. Silver, Johnathan (22 May 2018). "Hegar wins Democratic nomination in 31st Congressional District". Austin American-Statesman.
  7. McElrath, Leah (8 July 2017). "Texas Purple Heart veteran enters House race to unseat 8-term GOP birther". Shareblue Media.