New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates

New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates
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A coalition of female freshman lawmakers aims to support female Democratic veterans running for office, according to The New York Times.

The group, called the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, aims to fundraise for new female Democratic candidates with backgrounds in national security and the military as well as develop a policy forums to highlight current officeholders.

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Ten new members of Congress sworn in this year are veterans of the military or intelligence agencies and all of them defeated Republicans in 2018. Female freshmen have also bucked tradition by helping one another’s campaigns, according to the Times.

"It’s not like half of us were running in really blue districts,” Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinFreshman Democrats call on McConnell to hold vote on election reform bill Pro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA Seven key allies for Pelosi on impeachment MORE (D-Mich.), who served at both the CIA and the Defense Department, told the newspaper. “We were all doing something that was really difficult. Other party officials, other members of our staff, said, ‘You don’t share your donors.’ ”

“People were struck by our stories during the campaign,” Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerOvernight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale Pelosi: Congress will block Trump's arms sales to Saudi Arabia MORE (D-Va.), a former CIA officer who flipped a Republican seat in the suburbs of Richmond in 2018, told the Times. “We want to be part of encouraging other people running.”

The two join several others including Navy vet Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One House panel approves 3B defense policy bill House panel approves 3B defense policy bill MORE (D-Va.) and Air Force officer Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.). The Fund will collaborate with the bipartisan organization New Politics, which recruits candidates with backgrounds in intelligence, the military and national service programs like Americorps and the Peace Corps. New Politics raised $7 million for candidates in 2018. In late April, another female veteran announced her candidacy: MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? Current, former lawmakers celebrate release of new book on Jack Brooks, 'The Meanest Man in Congress' MORE (R-Texas) last year, has announced she will challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in 2020.