A House hopeful is touting the fact that she’d bring some serious ink to Congress.

MJ Hegar — a Democrat running for Texas’s 31st congressional district against incumbent Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterBottom line READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (R) — is giving voters a peek at her tattoo collection in a new campaign ad.

In the ad called “Covered,” released Tuesday, the combat veteran, shows off some of her body art.


“When I took a round through my helicopter’s windshield, the bullet fragmented across my arm and leg,” says the mother of two, who served three tours in Afghanistan as a combat search-and-rescue pilot.

“I immediately learned how important quality medical care is,” Hegar says. “And it’s why I’ll fight politicians and insurance companies to lower the costs of health care and prescription drugs.”

“And I used these tattoos to cover the scars,” Hegar says, as she looks down at her right arm.

According to her campaign, Hegar was “bothered each time she reached down to pick up her son and saw” her battle wounds,” so she opted to cover them “with beautiful artwork in the form of tattoos that allowed her to reclaim her memories and body.”

A campaign spokesman tells ITK that Hegar has a total of three tattoos, with the most prominent one being the design she displayed in the ad, depicting a branch of cherry blossoms with a dragon winding around her arm and shoulder.

“The blossoms pay homage to the time she spent in Japan during her military service,” says campaign manager Christian Walker. “Each blossom covers a scar from the shrapnel wound and represents the temporary nature and fragility of life.”

Hegar’s campaign ads have made headlines before, with a June video called “Doors” going viral and racking up more than 2 million views on YouTube.

If she wins the House race, Hegar wouldn’t be the first lawmaker known to sport some body ink. Rep Duncan HunterDuncan HunterTrump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon Gaetz, on the ropes, finds few friends in GOP Trust, transparency, and tithing is not enough to sustain democracy MORE (R-Calif.), a former Marine who was recently indicted on charges of misusing campaign funds, has two half-sleeves of tattoos.

Another Democratic congressional candidate in West Virginia, Richard Ojeda, has said he has at least 13 tattoos. A former Army paratrooper, Ojeda said recently, “I’ve got 13 names on my back of brothers that did not come home,” according to The New York Times.