Photo: Facebook Cover Photo, Dan Crenshaw
When Lieutenant Commander (retired) Dan Crenshaw was injured in an IED blast on his third deployment, and then later medically retired (after recovering and deploying twice more), he decided to continue his service to the citizens of the United States by returning to his home town of Houston, Texas to run in the 2nd Texas Congressional District for U.S. Representative for his beloved Texas.
The Texas 2nd Congressional District Representative, Congressman Ted Poe, is retiring this year, leaving the position vacant. Several Houstonians are running for this soon-to-be vacant seat, but Dan stands out from the pack.
On his website Dan Crenshaw For Congress , in the ‘about’ section, it states:
Dan was medically retired in September of 2016, after ten years in the SEAL Teams. He left service with two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among many other recognitions. Soon after, Dan completed his Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In September of this year, he was back in Houston, volunteering for days on end in areas of Katy devastated by Hurricane Harvey. He saw first-hand the unthinkable losses that his neighbors suffered, but he also saw Texan grit and resilience. He wanted to do more, and this November Dan and Tara decided that the best way to serve the people of Texas would be in elected office.
I had the chance to sit down with Lieutenant Commander Crenshaw for lunch, and took the opportunity to ask a few questions about him, his motivations, and his thoughts on public service. The first question I asked is “Why?” Dan went on to explain that he thinks that young blood is needed in Congress; young blood with fresh ideas on how to best take care of the citizens of the United States. He went on to explain that his military experience is key to being a successful legislator. Two examples of using his military experience were policy issues and leadership.
Lieutenant Commander (ret) Crenshaw said that National Security issues (and security in general) “Can’t be learned, but have to be experienced.” He stated that he had “recent and relevant experiences” as a Navy SEAL that would serve him well in comprehending the complex issues of security to our Nation.
He then said that he “knows what it means to be a leader.” As a veteran, he understands the concepts of “I got your back” (protecting those whom you serve to protect); fighting for what is right; and never quitting. He further went on to explain that the mission was what was important, and that mission was to “serve the people of the District to the best of my abilities.”
Dan also spoke about the concept of “Leaders always eat last,” alluding to the common practice of effective leaders always taking care of their troops first, before taking care of themselves. He said that he would use this principle in Congress for his District constituents.
Most importantly, Dan spoke of the “courage to do what is right.” He went on to speak of legislators that sometimes draw upon party lines to vote, instead of doing the right thing for their constituents.
As a testament to his personal courage, Dan Crenshaw told me about his courage to finish Navy SEAL training. The first time he went to B.U.D.S. training (Class 261), he didn’t complete the training due to a stress fracture in his leg. He was medically prohibited from returning to training for 6 months. Instead of quitting and returning to a mundane assignment in the Navy, Dan healed, trained, and returned to graduate B.U.D.S. Class 264 in 2008. He was injured by an IED on his third deployment in 2012, almost completely blinded by the blast. Instead of quitting, he healed (again) and returned to active service to deploy twice more with the Intelligence community, gaining valuable experience.
After being medically retired in September of 2016, he completed his Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He then returned to Houston with his wife to contemplate a run for Congress.
I asked him if he spoke with Congressman Ted Poe, the current Representative for Texas District 2, and he stated that he had, asking Congressman Poe “how do you deal with” type questions. He also expressed an interest in the Counter-terrorism Committee, if elected.
Dan Crenshaw will be more than running for Congress; he will be running 100 miles (throughout the entire Texas 2nd Congressional District) from February 20th to the 24th, ending his run on the East side of the District on the first day of early voting. From Rice University to Lake Houston, Dan will show his courage, determination, and leadership; which is needed to not only survive Congress, but traffic in the Houston area as a pedestrian.
Gruntworks will be following Retired Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw as he speaks with the people of the 2nd District. I, as a voter in that District, will be voting for him. Dan came across as a genuine Functional Vet, honest, conservative, and knowledgeable.
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