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Virginia’s 8th District is home to the headquarters of the United States military at the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall, and Fort Belvoir, as well as thousands of defense-related jobs and even more veterans, active service members, and military families. As the son of a West Point graduate and Korean War veteran, I feel a special commitment to defense and veterans’ issues.

We must maintain a national defense that keeps American citizens and our allies safe. Simultaneously, as the former United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, I believe in the power of diplomacy and in our responsibility to do all in our power to find nonmilitary solutions to crises whenever possible.

I am the cofounder of the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, which brings together members of the House and Senate to discuss nuclear weapons, especially arms control efforts and ways in which current nuclear weapons spending plans are unnecessary and unsafe. 

I am proud to represent a district with such a strong ethic of service. My father used the G.I. Bill and put his education and skills to work in what became our family business. I work to support military families by sponsoring legislation, including the Military Spouse Hiring Act, and by advocating for constituents with federal agencies, including the VA. If you need help with a federal agency, please request assistance here.