Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following endorsement of decorated combat veteran MJ Hegar in the Texas U.S. Senate race:
“Texas has emerged as a battleground opportunity for Democrats up and down the ballot, and MJ Hegar is the strongest candidate to flip the U.S. Senate seat. As a decorated combat veteran and working mother, MJ has both the courage and independence to put Texas first and is running on the issues that matter most to Texans: making health care and prescription drugs more affordable, protecting coverage for Texans with pre-existing conditions, and taking action to address climate change. We are proud to support MJ in her fight to continue her public service in the U.S. Senate.”
MJ Hegar served three tours in Afghanistan, flying combat search and rescue and medevac missions, and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device. After the injuries she sustained during her third tour left her unable to fly, MJ learned she was barred from competing for ground combat positions because of her gender and worked to successfully overturn the outdated policy. In the course of her campaign MJ has traveled more than 11,000 miles to talk with voters in communities across the state from the Rio Grande Valley to West Texas to the Gulf Coast, earned grassroots support from more than 25,000 contributors and raised more than $2 million.