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Senator Don Shooter Endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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State Senator Don Shooter announced that he has been endorsed for re-election by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I’m honored to have the support of one of Arizona’s great leaders and appreciate his endorsement.” said Shooter.

The Sheriff’s endorsement was as follows:

“I have spent my career doing what was right, upholding our Constitution, and serving and protecting the people who elected me.  As a public servant, that is what I swore to do.  That is why I am happy to endorse Don Shooter for re-election, because he has served with integrity, battled for our Constitutional rights, and because no one works harder in the Arizona State Senate for his district than Don does.”

Don Shooter was elected in 2010 and re-elected again in 2012.  He has been named “Hero of the Taxpayer” and “Friend of the Family” among other honors.  He represents Legislative District 13, which includes Yuma, much of the West Valley in Maricopa County and Wickenburg.  He serves as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Public Safety Committee and the Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee as well.

Shawnna Bolick receives endorsement from former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.

 

Shawnna Bolick

March 31, 2014

Shawnna Bolick receives endorsement from former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.

Today, Shawnna Bolick received the endorsement from former congressman and conservative leader Barry Goldwater, Jr., the son of Arizona icon Barry Goldwater.

“With so many serious challenges facing the State of Arizona, I support Shawnna Bolick for the Legislature 110%,” stated former Congressman Goldwater, Jr. “She has one of the sharpest minds of anyone I’ve met in Arizona politics. Her bold ideas in education reform and steadfast common sense are two things I admire most about Shawnna. She has the potential to help lead Arizona into a brighter future – one that is more self-reliant, and one that holds to its independent values that I love so much about this state. Shawnna’s pro-growth, free market, and fiscal conservative ideas are the ones this state needs to get our fiscal house in order. She will bring a fresh, yet bold and principled leadership the Republican Party lacks.”

“I am thrilled to have Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s endorsement,” stated Bolick. “We share many of the same conservative ideals and we both believe in public service. Goldwater has been bold and steadfast in his beliefs, and the State of Arizona can trust I will lead with a similar “Goldwater” vision. I have also tapped Barry Goldwater, Jr. to be my honorary campaign chair.”

About Shawnna:

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years. Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (11) and Kali (9), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

For more information about the campaign, to make a donation or sign Shawnna’s petition, please visit http://www.BolickforArizona.com/ .

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Lisa Aubuchon speaks out – the other side the Bar and media don’t want you to know

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

Sunday, March 30th,  2014

 

Disbarred Deputy Attorney under Andrew Thomas exposes corruption of AZ State Bar

Names names, reveals former Bar president Ed Novak’s unethical role in targeting political enemies

We’ve been following this scandal closely here at American Post-Gazette, since some of us are married to or related to attorneys or judges, and are concerned that this could happen to any of them. Activist Laine Lawless, who has a long history of speaking up for and defending those who are wrongly attacked, interviews politically targeted attorney Lisa Aubuchon in a 7-part series (45 minutes long). Lawless is not a conservative, but she was so disgusted by how the State Bar targeted Aubuchon that she had to speak up. The interview is excellent and we recommend you try to watch the whole thing, Aubuchon gets to the bottom of why the State Bar targeted her, Andrew Thomas and Rachel Alexander. We’ve summarized some of the worst aspects of her testimony below. It will shock you. As we’ve said before, Cook County is no longer the most corrupt county in the nation, Maricopa County is. At least in Cook County, Jesse Jackson, Jr., received 2.5 years in federal prison for doing the exact same thing that Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley did. What happened to Stapley? He awarded himself $3.5 million from us taxpayers for “stress” over being prosecuted, and got the prosecutors disbarred.
AZ Bar Association v. Lisa Aubuchon Part 1
AZ Bar Association v. Lisa Aubuchon Part 1
This is the first video; the next 6 can be found on Lawless’s YouTube channel here.
Aubuchon begins explaining how this all started; county judges were letting illegal immigrants accused of felonies out on bail, where they were at risk of committing more crimes. That set off the judiciary against Andrew Thomas, whose prosecutors did not want them released. The judges were also upset with Thomas because they could no longer pick up the phone and call him to arrange for lighter sentences for cronies, like they had done with liberal Republican Rick Romley in the past. Thomas insisted that everyone be treated equally under the law, no special treatment for judges or politicians.
Lisa then explains how she was told that Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley might be involved in some shady land swaps, and she started investigating and determined that it sure looked like it.
The presiding judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court at the time, Barbara Mundell, told Sheriff Arpaio’s Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott that Don Stapley had told her if the judges want the $340 million dollar Taj Mahal court tower built in the midst of the recession, they must hire his lawyer buddy and yes-man Tom Irvine, as a “space planner” (yeah that’s right, what is a space planner?). His firm was given over $1 million for their role as a space planner, and all he appeared to do was show up at some meetings and take notes.
Ed Novak, the guy behind all the corruption
Smelling corruption, Thomas decided to investigate Irvine’s role. There was a grand jury investigation to determine if there was probable cause to prosecute Irvine. It was handled by the criminal presiding judge Gary Donahoe. Insanely, the supervisors turned around and hired Irvine and his law partner Ed Novak, a former president of the State Bar who is still on the Bar’s board of governors, to be the attorneys objecting to their own investigation! Talk about a conflict of interest. They asked for a stay on the grand jury’s investigation from the AZ Supreme Court, which was denied. So instead, they went to the AZ Bar disciplinary judge, William O’Neil, who granted the stay. Talk about unethical abuse of the legal system! Us ordinary people wouldn’t get that kind of treatment going around the rules. It was later discovered that Novak was behind many of the frivolous bar complaints against Thomas that were all dismissed in the mid-to-late 2000s.
Novak got O’Neil to halt the grand jury just in time, because the grand jury was about to ask for draft indictment papers on him. At that time, liberal Republican Rick Romley had been appointed interim county attorney by the supervisors (who he rewarded by being their yes-man) and had a press conference announcing that the grand jury did not indict Novak. This was dishonest, because the grand jury was going to indict them if it hadn’t been stopped by O’Neil.
As a result of this, the Bar brought charges against Aubuchon, Thomas and Alexander. The county attorney has never not paid for the costs of prosecuting deputy county attorneys, but in the case of Aubuchon, they refused to provide her an attorney for the trial. A Montana attorney was so outraged by the corruption, that he represented her throughout the entire trial pro bono.
During the show trial that went on against Thomas, Aubuchon and Alexander, Judge O’Neil never pronounced her name correctly – right up until three months later when the trial ended and he pronounced her disbarred. One way he frequently mispronounced her name was to refer to her as “Ambush-on,” clearly implying she was corrupt – an obvious ethical violation by a judge.
When Aubuchon discovered that O’Neil had been involved quashing the Judge Donahoe grand jury investigation, she brought it to the attention of the court. O’Neil lied and said he had never been involved in it!  But Aubuchon found the pleadings later with his name on it. A former close friend and neighbor of O’Neil, Mark Dixon, has bravely come forward with affidavits, speaking up about how O’Neil told him when Thomas and Aubuchon were attempting to indict Donahoe, that it was terrible what they were trying to do to Donahoe, a personal friend of his. Consequently, it was a MAJOR ethical conflict for O’Neil to ever be the disciplinary judge of Aubuchon and Thomas, when not only was Donahoe a personal friend of his, but he’d signed the paperwork stopping the grand jury indictment of him, and previously stated that he thought the indictment was terrible.
Several witnesses perjured themselves on the stand during the trial of Aubuchon, Thomas and Alexander, and when caught later in civil trials, recanted their statements! Judge Mundell testified that one of the jail overflow facilities had been condemned, as supposed justification to build the $340 million Taj Majal court tower. The sheriff’s office contradicted her testimony on the stand, testifying that it hadn’t been condemned, in fact they had continued to use it all along.
Aubuchon was told by a a senior attorney from a top, well-connected law firm during a settlement conference that she better take the settlement of a few years suspension and run, because a decision had already been made by O’Neil in collusion withe Bar to disbar her – before the trial had even started! Anyone who watched the trial could tell it was a kangaroo court the entire way, O’Neil frequently laughed and joked with the counsel representing the trio, as he was about to destroy their careers, completely inappropriate and something most judges would find themselves reprimanded for.
After O’Neil disbarred her, Aubuchon appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court. They took 14-15 months to decide her appeal, and she was not allowed to practice law most of that time, which is unprecedented. Arizona Bar rules state that disbarment actions take precedent over ALL other civil cases. Yet the Supreme Court didn’t bother to follow their own rules – something that ironically, Aubuchon would have been disciplined for had she done the same thing – and sat on her case for over a year. Even REGULAR civil cases are usually decided three months after the final briefs are in!!!!
The Arizona Bar’s own rules state that while on appeal, attorneys still get to practice law. Their reason for not allowing Aubuchon to continue practicing while on appeal? She’s a “danger to the community.” This is astonishing when you consider an Arizona attorney who was drinking and driving and killed someone, but was still allowed to practice law.
Scott Rhodes, who the Bar wanted to represent Aubuchon, since he would do their bidding, admitted to Aubuchon it was rare for
her have only to had one bar complaint against her in her 20+ years of practicing law as a senior prosecutor. She has received multiple awards from law enforcement agencies and victims services. Her division awarded her trial attorney of the year.
Aubuchon’s life has been turned upside down as a result of the political targeting. She was 7 years away from retirement, with 2 daughters in college. She was forced to cash out her retirement, which was taxed at 50%. To this day, she is still behind on her home payments and has an IRS lien on her home. She has credit card debt and judgments hanging over her head from people she prosecuted. She and her attorneys were sanctioned $200,000 by Ed Novak. The judge awarded it to Novak simply for filing a motion to dismiss. Even though there’s a legal rule that says you can’t get attorneys fees for yourself!
Aubuchon recommends the mandatory bar association be disbanded to stop these abuses. Half the states do not have a mandatory bar association. The Arizona bar association is run by an incestuous group of people that protects bad attorneys and harasses good attorneys. Please contact your state legislators and urge them to pass legislation disbanding this corrupt cabal. Any attorney in Arizona is in danger until this happens.

Growing Number of Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Growing Number of Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

“We are building a ground game and an army of dedicated supporters and volunteers who are going to ensure we win the Republican primary this August. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.” – Mark Brnovich

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced another list of support by Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from across Arizona. The second round of supporters includes:

  • Teresa Wright – Legislative District 21 1st Vice Chair
  • Nathan Brown – ASU College Republican Treasurer
  • Shirley Dye – LD 6 Republican Activist
  • Vince Manfredi – City of Maricopa GOP Chair
  • Susan Cohen – Prescott Republican Activist
  • Pam Miller – Prescott Republican Activist
  • Bill Feldmeier – Yavapai County Republican Activist
  • Richard Mihalik – Congressional District 1 Member-at-Large
  • Sean McClusky – LD 10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Lori Oien – LD 10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Anita Christy – Gilbert and Payson Republican Activist
  • Aaron Borders – LD 29 Republican Activist

To date, more than 35 Republican activists, district leaders, county leaders, and state leaders have endorsed Mark Brnovich for Attorney General in the Republican primary. They join former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Trent Franks and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in supporting Mark Brnovich over his opponent.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Mark Brnovich is a Republican candidate for Attorney General. He is challenging Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. Mark is an experienced federal and state prosecutor. To follow the campaign, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mark4AZ

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LegisTraitors Drunk with Power Demand Increase in Deficit Spending

LegisTraitors(picture from Arizona Capitol Times)

Drunk with power, or simply dazed from visions of hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars dancing in their heads, Jeremy Duda from the Arizona Capitol Times, captures Heather Carter, Ethan Orr, Kate Brophy McGee, Doug Coleman, Rob Robson, and Jeff Dial leaving the House before the gavel to make their case to spend-increase-expand with money we lowly taxpayers have not even made yet.

Geez Louise Republicans! The budget you passed in the Senate only has a $400 million structural deficit. That is just not enough!  The Coalition of Corruption including these six and all the Democrats (again) want bigger government – more agencies – increased spending – and to expand on the expansion of last session.  If we are going to borrow money to pass a democrat budget then let’s go all the way!

No money into the rainy day fund. No money to buy back our buildings. No money to decrease our debt. Actually they are demanding that money is spent that does not exist.  In their power-induced-drunken-state the LegisTraitors are blind to the plight of Arizona taxpayers preferring to prioritize the interests of the crony capitalists who bankroll their campaign committees.

The amendments and increased spending requested by the Coalition of Corruption has been scored by the non-partisan JBLC to give Arizona a $1 Billion deficit by 2017. This is “recurring spending” meaning the spending will occur every single year.  

So another day and no budget for Arizona.  The taxpayers, small businessmen, and Principled Conservatives will have to wait and see who is offering what to whom before we will know what is being shoved down our throats this year.  Will there be a fundraiser with a gift-in-kind equal to the amount it takes to educate one child for half a year in a Charter School?

Will we see a new traitor or will the traitors have a traitor? And how much does a LegisTraitor vote go for?

The vote is tied at 30-30. It will be an interesting day.

Stay tuned.

Christine Bauserman
Chair, Alliance of Principled Conservatives

Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsements from Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump and Commissioner Brenda Burns

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Shawnna Bolick Receives Endorsements from Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump and Commissioner Brenda Burns

Phoenix, AZ- March 26, 2014- Today, Shawnna Bolick, Republican candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 28, received Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump‘s and Commissioner Brenda Burns‘ endorsements.

“Shawnna’s knowledge and expertise in critical policy areas affecting the State of Arizona are hard to come by,” stated Chairman Stump. “I know Shawnna has what it takes to be an effective legislator and a strong communicator. She is not only committed to understanding the big picture but is willing to delve into the weeds to craft sound public policy.”

“Shawnna is a strong fiscal conservative who will prioritize the needs of Arizona. Watching her raise her two children I know how important education and the future of the state are to her,” declared Commissioner Burns. “Shawnna is a quick study and eager to roll up her sleeves to find the right mix of pro-growth ideas benefiting the state. Arizona should be so lucky to have her willing to serve us in such a capacity.”

“I am honored to have Chairman Stump’s and Commissioner Burns’ endorsements. Bob and I are both students of public policy and understand that sound policy often means fine tuning the details. Brenda has always been a role model and someone I would like to emulate in leadership in the Legislature. I have a great deal of admiration for both Bob and Brenda,” said Bolick.

Shawnna Bolick has lived in Legislative District 28 for 13 years. Shawnna and her husband, Clint, have two children, Ryne (11 .) and Kali (9), plus their five year old rescued greyhound, Beary Goldwater, living in the shadows of Squaw Peak.

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Shawnna L.M. Bolick can be reached via email at info@bolickforarizona.com, or via cell at 602-842-1912. For more information about her campaign please visit www.BolickforArizona.com.

Republican LegisTraitors join Democrats to Blow up the AZ Republican Budget.

The Coalition of Corruption – They’re Back!

Last night in the Arizona House the republican LegisTraitors create chaos and blew up the Arizona Senate Republican budget because it does not spend enough.  The Senate passed a budget with a $400 million structural deficit last week but that was not enough for the group pinning for a 2008 Napolitano replay.  They want a Democrat budget.  They want to spend your money – actually it is your future money. Yes the Republicans that formed the Coalition of Corruption in the 2013 Special Session are siding with the Democrats once again.

The amendments and increased spending requested by the Coalition of Corruption has been scored by the non-partisan JBLC to give Arizona a $1 Billion deficit by 2017. This is “recurring spending” meaning the spending will occur every single year (and we know once started it never stops). They want it and they shut down the budget process last night because they did not get it.  So, the LegisTraitors once again sided with 100% of the Democrats and killed a Republican budget.

They want more stuff and they each have their own list.

Heather Carter, LD15, wants more money so Medicaid can provide dental service.  The expansion is just not enough.

Ethan Orr, LD9, wants more money for the UofA. $4.2 million.

Brophy-McGee, LD 28, wants more for the Office of Child Welfare, $6.8 million more than the $21.5 Brewer wants.

Hey, I want more too.  I want to keep more of my money. (There I go being an extremist.)

The Democrats cheer tweeting away “Good work Dems…first bill killed” and then “We’re Dems we eat Senate budgets for breakfast.  Who needs scorpions?” from Victoria Steele @SteeleForHouse.

More, more, more.  A few million here, another few million there.  Like kids lined up with their wish list waiting to see Santa Claus the LegisTraitors refuse to see that Santa’s bag, our pocketbooks, are empty.  Once again the LegisTraitors refuse to cooperate with the Republicans and stand on the Republican planks of fiscal responsibility and limited government instead leaping across the aisle to steal hard-working taxpayer money to fund bigger-government and create new or add to existing entitlements.

Christine Bauserman
Chairwoman, Alliance of Principled Conservatives
www.fightforarizona.com

“Shame On” Campaigns – Union Intimidation & Shakedowns

Ever wonder about those “shame on” campaigns around town? Watch this video and witness how unions use this tactic to shakedown businesses.

If it can happen in Colorado, it can happen in Arizona.

h/t to KC3CO

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Targets Obamacare Republicans

Angry with Arizona legislators who voted for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013? So is the independent expenditure committee, Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee.

Recently, the Arizona PAC began targeting Republicans who went along with the key provision of Obamacare that now inflicts Arizona. Last month, the group began calling Republican voters in legislative district 15 where Republican Representative Heather Carter was elected. Carter who sponsored the bill on behalf of Governor Brewer was unashamedly supportive of Obamacare Medicaid and made every effort to push for the expansion during the 2013 session. Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee called into the district warning voters of Carter’s vote spurring a movement to toss Carter this year. Behind the scenes, the group is asking voters not to sign her petitions nor finance her campaign.

Obamacare11Saturday, ATAC began making calls in another district, this time in the far east valley’s legislative district 16 where it has its target set on state representative, Doug Coleman. Calls are also warning voters that Coleman voted for Obama’s expansion into Arizona. Precinct committeemen are being asked to not carry Coleman’s petitions.

This strategy will also take place in other districts where Obamacare-supporting Republicans reside. Earlier this week, ATAC released its 2014 Primary list which includes house and senate members running for re-election with primary challengers.

ATAC’s efforts will certainly cost money to run calls and send mailers into each of the targeted districts and it won’t be easy as all of the Obamacare-supporting Republicans have seen their coffers filled by the healthcare industrial complex on behalf of Governor Brewer. Anyone researching the flow of campaign money sees tens of thousands of dollars being given to those Republicans who supported Governor Brewer.

“This is about corporate cronyism,” said Shane Wikfors, ATAC’s treasurer. “We knew that the hospital industry and its lobbyists were going to protect Republicans who voted for the system giving the Arizona healthcare industrial complex millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “The sad thing is that Medicaid expansion will end up hurting people more than helping them as the hospital industry benefits.”

And while ATAC sees itself as a David in a battle against Goliath, the PAC which has been around since 2006 and even won a US Supreme Court case, sees 2014 as an opportunity to send a message that Arizona lawmakers are bound to serve taxpayers and not corporate interests.

ATAC is currently accepting donations through its website at ArizonaTaxpayerAction.com or via its donation portal.

Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee Primary List:

SENATE TARGETS
Jeff Dial – LD-18
Bob Worsley – LD-25
Adam Driggs – LD 28

HOUSE TARGETS
Doris Goodale – LD-5
TJ Shope – LD-8
Frank Pratt – LD-8
Ethan Orr – LD-9
Heather Carter – LD-15
Doug Coleman – LD-16
Bob Robson – LD-18
Kate Brophy McGee – LD-28

 

Wendy Rogers, Martha McSally Arizona’s Women Warriors for Congress

It was a pleasant surprise to see both Martha McSally and Wendy Rogers earn some national media attention in the Washington Post as female vets running for Congress.

Although 2012 was not a good year for Republican candidates (presidential election years typcially turn out less informed voters), many political experts believe that 2014 will be a great year for candidates in a red state like Arizona. Ann Kirkpatrick, Ron Barber and Kyrsten Sinema’s political career days are numbered as credible, well-funded candidates like Wendy Rogers, Martha McSally and Andy Tobin continue to gain momentum.

But this post is not about my thoughts. Rather, I’d like to repost the article that appeared in the Washington Post about Wendy Rogers and Martha McSally. Please retweet and share this with others working hard to replace the leftists in those districts.

Here’s the article:

Next mission for female vets: Storming the halls of Congress (link)

As one of the first 100 female pilots in the Air Force, Wendy Rogers, a retired lieutenant colonel turned congressional candidate, is familiar with being part of an elite group of women.

But if she is successful this November in her bid to unseat Arizona Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Rogers will be part of an even smaller club: female military veterans who are members of Congress.

“Women vets have a unique perspective,” said Rogers, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully in 2012. “We have the nurturing and the compassion components uniquely blended into the service to country, mission-minded outlook.”

There are 1,483,600 female veterans in the United States, according to the Center for Second Service at George Washington University. Five of them have served as members of Congress. Currently two female veterans , Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), are members of the House..

At least a dozen female veterans are running for Congress in 2014, perhaps the most ever, experts say.

Although some candidates are more viable than others, the rising number of willing female vets is encouraging, says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

“They have a commitment to public service, running for office is an extension of that service,” Walsh said, noting that her group has just begun to keep track of female vets running in this cycle. “This has been a great credential for men who run for office, I think for women it could be an even more powerful credential.”

Suzanne Patrick, a retired commander in the Navy Reserves and Democratic candidate in Virginia’s military-centric 2nd Congressional District, said her military experience is a must.

“Being a female veteran in the second district of Virginia, brings an overwhelming advantage, I feel, to the campaign,” she said. “This is the largest military district in the country.”

She added, “The 35 years of experience in dealing with the Navy and the military that I have is a formidable asset for this district.”

Among the reasons for the increase in female veterans running for Congress are the number of women now serving in the Armed Forces, the expansion of opportunities for women inside the military and two long wars, said Seth Lynn, director of the Center for Second Service.

“It’s that commitment to service, it’s humbling and it’s really inspiring to a lot of people,” he said.

Gabbard, who was elected to the House in 2012, said that adding more women veterans to the congressional ranks would be “very significant,” particularly because so few men or women of this generation have chosen to serve in the military. She said female vets running for office should emphasize their service.

“Don’t shy away from talking about your service and how it’s impacted your life in every respect,” she said.

Last year, about 10 female vets competed in general election contests for Congress, according to Lynn’s group. But the number of female vets to win congressional seats has grown very slowly.

The first, Catherine Small Long, a Navy veteran, served only one term in 1985 after winning an election to fill her late husband’s seat. Then came former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), the first woman to command Basic Cadet Training, who served in the House from 1998 to 2008, followed by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) who served a single term from 2011-2013.

Martha McSally, a retired Air Force Colonel is running for the second time against Arizona Democrat Rep. Ron Barber. In 2012, McSally lost a close race to Barber in the special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), who resigned after being seriously wounded by a gunman who opened fire at a event the congresswoman was holding at a shopping center near Tuscon. Barber is a former aide to Giffords.

McSally said her military career has more than prepared her for the rigors of elected office – and not just from a leadership perspective.

“Politics is not for the faint of heart and in a campaign you go through a lot of character assassination and lies and people making things up about you, and it can be pretty challenging to some people,” she said. “Being a woman in the military and breaking through the barriers that I have, I’ve been through a lot of that already.”

As Congress grapples with how to prosecute sexual assaults and the chain of command in the military, the addition of more women who have experience in the Armed Forces will add unique and necessary voices to the debate, McSally said.

“Having been in the chain of command and a commander, seeing the leadership basically fail on this issue, instead of getting talking points from staff you can speak first hand from your experiences,” she said, noting that as the first female pilot to fly in combat she had broken some glass ceilings much to the dismay of some in the military.

Lynn and Walsh said given the rising interest among female veterans to get into politics, they plan to team up for the next cycle to offer a training program for those who want to run for elected office. A near-even number of Democratic and Republican female veterans are running for office.

That bipartisanship is something Rogers said she hopes to carry into a divided House, should she win her race.

“When I get to Congress, the women veterans are going to be the first ones I look up and go have lunch with irrespective of their party of affiliation,” Rogers said. “Because there is a bond, there is an understanding.”