Dan Crenshaw

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Dan Crenshaw
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 2nd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingTed Poe
Personal details
Born (1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 34)
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tara Blake Crenshaw (m. April 1, 2013)
EducationTufts University (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)
WebsiteCampaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service2006–2016
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Lieutenant Commander
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Navy Commendation Medal

Daniel Crenshaw (born March 14, 1984) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative-elect for Texas's 2nd congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, he is a former Navy SEAL officer. He was elected in the 2018 election.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Crenshaw grew up in Katy, Texas.[2] His mother died of cancer when he was ten years old.[3] While his father worked in the oil industry, Crenshaw spent some time growing up in Ecuador and Colombia, gaining a proficiency in Spanish.[4] Going to high school in Colombia, he played soccer.[4]

Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University in 2006.[5] He earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2018[6] and worked as a military legislative assistant for Congressman Pete Sessions.[5][7]

Military service[edit]

While at Tufts, he joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy after his graduation.[8] He served in the Navy SEALs for ten years, including three tours of duty, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander.[6] Crenshaw was a member of SEAL Team Three;[9] and was based out of Coronado.[10]

While serving in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2012, he was injured by the detonation of an improvised explosive device. He lost his right eye and required surgery to save the vision in his left eye. After the injury, he was deployed to Bahrain and South Korea.[11] As a Navy SEAL, he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor. He was medically retired from military service in 2016.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2018 election[edit]

In the 2018 elections, Crenshaw ran for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 2nd congressional district to succeed the retiring Ted Poe.[12] He announced his candidacy for Congress in November 2017.[13] Crenshaw credited national security analyst John Noonan for encouraging him to run for Congress.[14] During an interview in February 2018, Crenshaw stated that border security and immigration reform would be two of his primary issues.[15]

Crenshaw and Kevin Roberts advanced from the nine-candidate Republican Party primary election to face each other in a runoff election;[16] Crenshaw nearly did not make it to the runoff, having bested by 155 votes Kathaleen Wall, a candidate who spent nearly $6 million on her campaign.[17]

The lead up to the runoff election was contentious.[18] A super PAC, which supported Crenshaw's opponent, brought to light Crenshaw's 2016 statements that were critical of Trump.[19] Gaining the endorsement of Senator Tom Cotton, Crenshaw received national attention, appearing in print and television, including on Laura Ingraham's show on Fox Business.[20]

Crenshaw won the runoff to advance to the November general election.[21] Writing in National Review, Crenshaw argued for working and partnering with the Mexican government to reduce illegal immigration to the United States; he also called for rebuilding Central American countries as a long-term solution to illegal immigration.[22] On November 6, Crenshaw was elected, defeating Democrat Todd Litton.[23]

Following the election, Crenshaw called for de-politicization of comedy and sports, and wanted political rhetoric to be toned down.[24] On "Amanpour & Company", Crenshaw spoke about improving infrastructure in his district due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on it, and the impact that Beto O'Rourke had on his race for a seat in Congress.[25]

On the November 3 episode of Saturday Night Live, comedian Pete Davidson joked about Republican candidates' appearances, and said of Crenshaw "You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever..." The joke received significant criticism,[26][27] and on the following episode, Davidson and Crenshaw appeared on air together. Davidson offered an apology, which Crenshaw accepted.[27][28]

Electoral history[edit]

Texas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2018)[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Crenshaw 139,012 52.9%
Democratic Todd Litton 119,708 45.5%
Libertarian Patrick Gunnels 2,371 0.9%
Independent Scott Cubbler 1,833 0.7%
Total votes 262,924 100.00%
Turnout 262,924

Personal life[edit]

Crenshaw married Tara Blake in 2013.[3] During the 2016 presidential election, Crenshaw was critical of the tone of language used by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Combat Veterans For Congress - Electing Fiscal Conservatives". combatveteransforcongress.org. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Register, Matt (March 9, 2018). "Texas Politics: Spotlight on Issues". Texas Business Radio. Spring, Texas: RREA Media. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Zak, Dan (November 11, 2018). "Dan Crenshaw started the week as a punchline and ended it as a star. The real story came before that". Washington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Jervis, Rick (November 7, 2018). "Meet Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and onetime Trump critic being called a GOP star". USA Today. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "The Running Man". February 22, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Navy SEAL With Glass Eye Envisions Winning US Congress Seat - OpsLens". January 20, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Morago, Greg (May 25, 2018). "Is Houston's Dan Crenshaw the secret weapon for GOP with Millennials?". HoustonChronicle.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "In our midst | In the Navy soon: Daniel Crenshaw will make the leap from Jumbo to SEAL". The Tufts Daily. February 27, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Watkins, Matthew (November 4, 2018). "After SNL mocks his war injury, Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw says he tries hard "not to be offended"". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Rogan, Tom (February 23, 2018). "Former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw and current GOP primary candidate in Texas is a true public servant". Washington Examiner. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Diaz, Kevin (November 22, 2017). "Wounded Navy SEAL from Houston makes bid for Congress - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "A Texas Navy SEAL Who Lost His Eye Fighting in Afghanistan Is Now Running for Congress | Fox News Insider". Insider.foxnews.com. December 13, 2017. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Diaz, Kevin. "Wounded Navy SEAL from Houston Makes Bid for Congress". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Steinbuch, Yaron. "Wounded veteran brushes off Pete Davidson after election win". New York Post. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Greg Groogan (February 25, 2018). "Dan Crenshaw candidate Republican primary Congressional District 2". KRIV. Houston. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  16. ^ Darling, Cary. "Battle lines drawn in battle to replace Ted Poe in Congress". HoustonChronicle.com. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  17. ^ McCormack, John (May 22, 2018). "Former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw Cruises to Victory in Texas GOP Primary". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
    Miles, Jason (March 8, 2018). "Retired Navy Seal narrowly beats Kathaleen Wall to make District 2 runoff". KHOU. Houston. Associated Press. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Livingston, Abby; Svitek, Patrick (May 18, 2018). "Republican runoff to replace U.S. Rep. Ted Poe turns tense amid mudslinging allegations". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  19. ^ Johnson, Natalie (May 9, 2018). "Super PAC Whitewashes Former SEAL's Battle Wound in Attack Ad". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  20. ^ Drusch, Andrea (May 15, 2018). "Crenshaw wants to lead conservative youth, if the GOP old guard will let him". McClatchy. Washington District of Columbia. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Wallace, Jeremy (May 23, 2018). "Crenshaw wins 2nd Congressional District runoff as Roberts concedes - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
    Livingston, Abby (May 22, 2018). "Dan Crenshaw, Chip Roy, Michael Cloud among Republican congressional runoff winners". The Eagle. Bryan, Texas. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  22. ^ Crenshaw, Dan (July 30, 2018). "The U.S. Should Work with Mexico to Stem Central American Migration". National Review. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Republicans can learn from Crenshaw voters in Houston's 2nd Congressional District". November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  24. ^ Samuels, Brett (November 7, 2018). "GOP rep-elect mocked by 'SNL': It would 'certainly help' if Trump toned down the rhetoric". The Hill. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  25. ^ Amanpour, Christiane (November 7, 2018). "U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw on the Future of the Republican Party". Amanpour & Company. WNET. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  26. ^ McCarthy, Tyler (November 4, 2018). "Pete Davidson mocks Republican Congressional candidate, former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  27. ^ a b Obeidallah, Dean. "Dan Crenshaw and Pete Davidson's sincere plea for unity". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  28. ^ Zac, Dan. "Dan Crenshaw started the week as a punchline and ended it as a star. The real story came before that". Washington Post. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  29. ^ "Texas Election Results: Second House District". The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.

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