Dan Crenshaw

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Dan Crenshaw
Dan Crenshaw by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTed Poe
Personal details
Daniel Reed Crenshaw

(1984-03-14) March 14, 1984 (age 34)
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Political partyRepublican
Tara Blake (m. 2013)
EducationTufts University (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)
WebsiteCampaign website
House website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service2006–2016
RankU.S. Navy O-4 infobox.svg Lieutenant commander
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan (WIA)
AwardsBronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal ribbon with "V" device, 1st award.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor

Daniel Reed Crenshaw[1] (born March 14, 1984)[2] is an American politician and former United States Navy SEAL officer serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he was elected in the 2018 midterms.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland,[4] Crenshaw grew up in Katy, Texas.[5] His mother died of cancer when he was ten years old.[6] While his father worked in the oil industry, Crenshaw spent some time growing up in Ecuador and Colombia, gaining a proficiency in Spanish.[7] Crenshaw graduated from Colegio Nueva Granada in June, 2002 .[7]

Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University in 2006.[8] He earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2018[9] and worked as a military legislative assistant for Congressman Pete Sessions.[8][10]


Military service[edit]

While at Tufts, he joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy after his graduation.[11] He served in the Navy SEALs for ten years, including three tours of duty, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander.[9] Crenshaw was a member of SEAL Team Three;[12] and was based out of Coronado.[13]

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.[14] After the injury, he was deployed to Bahrain and South Korea.[14] As a Navy SEAL, he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor. He was medically retired from military service in 2016.[14]

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.[15] He announced his candidacy for Congress in November 2017.[16] Crenshaw credited national security analyst John Noonan for encouraging him to run for Congress.[17] During an interview in February 2018, he stated that border security and immigration reform would be two of his primary issues.[18]

Crenshaw and Kevin Roberts advanced from the nine-candidate Republican Party primary election to face each other in a runoff election;[19] 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.[20]

The lead up to the runoff election was contentious.[21] A super PAC, funded by Roberts' brother-in-law, Mark Lanier, brought to light Crenshaw's 2015 statements that were critical of presidential candidate Donald Trump, despite his opponent being critical of Trump as president.[22][23][24] 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.[25]

Crenshaw won the runoff to advance to the November general election.[26][27] 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.[28] On November 6, Crenshaw was elected, defeating Democrat Todd Litton.[29]

Following the election, Crenshaw called for de-politicization of comedy and sports, and wanted political rhetoric to be toned down.[30] 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.[31]

On the November 3 episode of Saturday Night Live, comedian Pete Davidson joked about Republican candidates' appearances, and described Crenshaw as looking like a "hit man in a porno movie" while adding that he lost his eye in combat. The joke received significant criticism,[32][33] and on the following episode, Davidson and Crenshaw appeared on air together. Davidson offered an apology, which Crenshaw accepted.[6][33] Crenshaw and others have speculated that the joke may have helped him win.[34][35]

Electoral history[edit]

Texas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2018)[36]
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

Primary results[edit]

Republican runoff results[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Crenshaw 20,392 69.84
Republican Kevin Roberts 8,808 30.16
Total votes 29,200 100.0%
Republican primary results[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Roberts 15,236 33.02
Republican Dan Crenshaw 12,644 27.40
Republican Kathaleen Wall 12,499 27.09
Republican Rick Walker 3,315 7.18
Republican Johnny Havens 934 2.02
Republican Justin Lurie 425 0.92
Republican Jon Spiers 417 0.90
Republican David Balat 348 0.75
Republican Malcolm Whittaker 322 0.70
Total votes 46,140 100

Personal life[edit]

Crenshaw married Tara Blake in 2013.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harris County Republican Party Political Resumés
  2. ^ Perks, Ashley (November 15, 2018). "Texas New Members 2019". Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Combat Veterans For Congress – Electing Fiscal Conservatives". combatveteransforcongress.org. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Combat Veterans For Congress – Electing Fiscal Conservatives". Combat Veterans for Congress. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Register, Matt (March 9, 2018). "Texas Politics: Spotlight on Issues". Texas Business Radio. Spring, Texas: RREA Media. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c 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.
  7. ^ a b 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.
  8. ^ a b "The Running Man". February 22, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Navy SEAL With Glass Eye Envisions Winning US Congress Seat – OpsLens". January 20, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Morago, Greg (May 25, 2018). "Is Houston's Dan Crenshaw the secret weapon for GOP with Millennials?". HoustonChronicle.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ a b c Diaz, Kevin (November 22, 2017). "Wounded Navy SEAL from Houston makes bid for Congress – Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ Diaz, Kevin. "Wounded Navy SEAL from Houston Makes Bid for Congress". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  17. ^ Steinbuch, Yaron. "Wounded veteran brushes off Pete Davidson after election win". New York Post. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  18. ^ Greg Groogan (February 25, 2018). "Dan Crenshaw candidate Republican primary Congressional District 2". KRIV. Houston. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  19. ^ Darling, Cary. "Battle lines drawn in battle to replace Ted Poe in Congress". HoustonChronicle.com. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Johnson, Natalie (May 9, 2018). "Super PAC Whitewashes Former SEAL's Battle Wound in Attack Ad". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Attack ads in Houston race being funded by brother-in-law's business". Houston Chronicle. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  24. ^ "Who is Really Anti-Trump in the Race for Texas's 2nd Congressional District?". dylanglass.com. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ a b "2018 Republican Party Primary Runoff (Harris County)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  28. ^ Crenshaw, Dan (July 30, 2018). "The U.S. Should Work with Mexico to Stem Central American Migration". National Review. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  29. ^ "Republicans can learn from Crenshaw voters in Houston's 2nd Congressional District". November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  30. ^ 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.
  31. ^ Amanpour, Christiane (November 7, 2018). "U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw on the Future of the Republican Party". Amanpour & Company. WNET. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  32. ^ McCarthy, Tyler (November 4, 2018). "Pete Davidson mocks Republican Congressional candidate, former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  33. ^ a b Obeidallah, Dean. "Dan Crenshaw and Pete Davidson's sincere plea for unity". Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  34. ^ "Dan Crenshaw says being mocked by SNL helped him win". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  35. ^ "Did Pete Davidson's Bad Eye Patch Joke Help a Republican Win a Contested Seat?". November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  36. ^ "Texas Election Results: Second House District". The New York Times. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  37. ^ "2018 Primary Election Official Results". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 8, 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ted Poe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 2nd congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Angie Craig
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jason Crow