Howie Lind

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Howie Lind
Personal details
Born Howard Rhodes Lind
(1957-10-03) October 3, 1957 (age 57)
Political party Republican
Residence McLean, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Naval Postgraduate School
Religion Christian
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US-DeptOfNavy-Seal.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2000
Rank US Navy O5 insignia.svg Commander
Battles/wars Cold War
Gulf War
Awards Defense Meritorious Service
Navy Meritorious Service
Navy Commendation Medal
Navy Expert Pistol Shot

Howard R. Lind (born October 3, 1957) is a retired U.S. Navy commander, former Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, former 10th Congressional District Republican chairman, was a 2014 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, and a 2014 candidate for the Republican nomination in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.


Lind was born October 3, 1957 in Connecticut and raised in McLean, Virginia from the age of six. He is a graduate of McLean High School and Virginia Tech, where he earned a walk-on position on the baseball team under Coach Bob Humphreys. After Virginia Tech, Lind joined the U.S. Navy as a surface naval warfare officer in 1980 and earned his master's degree in information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.[1] Following twenty years of service in the U.S. Navy, Lind retired in 2000 with an honorable discharge and was subsequently appointed Special Assistant in the office of the Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush in 2003 to assist in reconstruction efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lind has been active in grassroots Republican politics since retiring from the U.S. Navy. He has previously served as chairman of Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republican Committee and chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Committee. Lind announced his candidacy for the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Virginia as a Republican on June 21, 2013.[2] He withdrew from the race on January 27, 2014.[3] Lind publicly announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Virginia's 10th Congressional District at the College Republican Federation of Virginia Convention on February 8, 2014.


  1. ^ Phillip, Abby (December 10, 2013). "Ex-RNC Chair Ed Gillespie May Run in Va. But Other GOPers Shrug it Off". ABC News. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Leahy, Norman (June 21, 2013). "Lind declares candidacy for Warner’s Senate seat". Bearing Drift. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ Joseph, Cameron (January 27, 2014). "Gillespie's GOP opponent drops bid". The Hill. Retrieved February 1, 2014.