How many members of congress and the senate have served in the military?

February 29th, 2012

Question by wondering: How many members of congress and the senate have served in the military?
Honest question, no reflection on current candidates, just wondering how many of the house and how many of the senate have choosen to serve in the military prior to beginning their careers.

Best answer:

Answer by Jade Rat
These are those who i know of

Duncan Hunter (Ranger in Vietnam)
John Kerry (river patrol in Vietnam)
MC Cain (Fighter pilot in Vietnam)
Bob dole ( I don’t remember what war he got his arm messed up in though)

Gorge Bush ( reservist pilot)

I know their are tons more- but thats all i know of.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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  1. Too Old For Idol says:

    As of Nov 2007 folowing are those who served in uniform. A # indicates served in combat:

    House of Reps

    Todd Akin (R-02 Missouri)
    U.S. Army

    #Joe Baca (D-43 CA)
    U.S. Army 1966-1968

    Spencer Bachus (R-06 AL)
    National Guard 1969-1971

    James Barrett (R-03 S.C.)
    Army 1983-1987

    Michael Bilirakis ( )
    Air Force 1951-1955

    Sanford D. Bishop (D-02 GA)
    U.S. Army 1971

    John Boehner (R-08 OH)
    U.S. Navy 1968

    #Leonard L. Boswell (D-03 IA)
    U.S. Army 1956-1976

    #Allen Boyd, Jr. (D-02 FL)
    U.S. Army 1969-1971

    Henry Brown (R-1 SC)
    National Guard 1953-1962

    Vern Buchanan (R-13 FL)
    Air National Guard 1970-1976

    Dan Burton (R-05 IN)
    U.S. Army 1956-1957
    Army Reserves 1957-1962
    G.K. Butterfield (D-1 NC)
    Army Reserves 1957-1962
    Army 1968-1970

    Stephen E. Buyer (R-04 IN)
    U.S. Army 1984-1987, 1990
    Army Reserve 1980-1984, 1987-Present

    Christopher Carney (D-10PA)
    Naval Reserves 1995 – Present

    Howard Coble (R-06 NC)
    Coast Guard 1952-1956, 1977-1978
    Coast Guard Reserve 1960-1981

    Mike Conway (R-11 TX)
    U.S. Army 1970-1972

    John Conyers (D-14 MI)
    National Guard 1948-1950
    U.S. Army 1950-1954
    Army Reserve 1954-1957

    Robert E. Cramer, Jr. (D-05 AL)
    U.S. Army 1972
    Army Reserves 1976-1978

    Geoff Davis (R-04 KY)
    U.S. Army 1980 -1987

    Thomas M. Davis (R-11 VA)
    U.S. Army 1971-1972
    Army Reserves 1972-1979

    Nathan Deal (R-09 GA)
    U.S. Army 1966-1968

    Peter A. DeFazio (D-04 OR)
    U.S. Air Force 1967-1971

    William D. Delahunt (D-10 MA)
    Coast Guard Reserve 1963-1971

    John D. Dingell (D-16 MI)
    U.S. Army 1945-1946

    John F. Duncan, Jr. (R-02 TN)
    Army Reserve 1970-1987

    Bob Etheridge (D-02 NC)
    U.S. Army 1965-1967

    Terry Everett (R-02 AL)
    U.S. Air Force 1955-1959

    #Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-11 NJ)
    U.S. Army 1969-1971

    #Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-01 MD)
    U.S. Marines 1964-1968

    Louie Gohmert (R-01 TX)
    U.S. Army 1977-1982

    Charles A. Gonzales (D-20 TX)
    National Guard 1969-1975

    Virgil H. Goode, Jr. (R-05 VA)
    National Guard 1969-1975

    Bart Gordon (D-6 TN)
    US Army Reserve 1971-72

    Phil Hare (D-17IL)
    Army Reserves 1969-1975

    Ralph M. Hall (R-04 TX)
    U.S. Navy 1942-1945

    Doc Hastings (R-04 WA)
    Army Reserves 1964-1969

    Maurice Hinchey (D-22 NY)
    U.S. Navy 1956-59

    David L. Hobson (R-07 OH)
    National Guard 1958-1963

    #Duncan Hunter (R-52 CA)
    U.S. Army 1969-1971

    Darrell Issa (R-49 CA)
    Army 1970-1972, 1976-1980

    William J. Jefferson (D-02 LA)
    U.S. Army 1969-1978

    #Sam Johnson (R-03 TX)
    U.S. Air Force 1951-1979 (POW)

    Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-03 NC)
    National Guard 1967-1971

    Paul E. Kanjorski (D-11 PA)
    U.S. Army 1960-1961

    Peter King (R-03 NY)
    National Guard 1968-1973

    •# Mark Kirk (R-10 IL)
    Navy Reserve 1989-present

    #John Kline (R-02 MN)
    USMC 1969-1994

    Joseph Knollenberg (R-09 MI)
    Army 1955-1957

    Ron Lewis (R-02 KY)
    U.S. Navy 1973

    John Linder (R-7 GA)
    US Air Force 1967-69

    Edward J. Markey (D-07 MA)
    Army Reserves 1968-1973

    #James Marshall (D-3 GA)
    U.S. Army 1968-1970

    Jim McDermott (D-07 WA)
    U.S. Navy 1968-1970

    Gary Miller (R-42 CA)
    Army 1967-1968

    Alan Mollohan (D-01 WV)
    U.S. Army 1970
    Army Reserves 1970-1983

    Dennis Moore (D-03 KS)
    U.S. Army 1970
    Army Reserves 1970-1972

    Patrick Murphy (D-08PA)
    Army 1999-2004

    #John Murtha (D-12 PA)
    U.S. Marines 1952-1955, 1966-1967
    Marines Reserve 1967-1990

    Soloman P. Ortiz (D-27 TX)
    U.S. Army 1960-1962

    William Pascrell, Jr. (D-08 NJ)
    U.S. Army 1961
    Army Reserves 1962-1967

    Ron Paul (R-14 TX)
    U.S. Air Force 1963-1965
    National Guard 1965-1968

    #Steve Pearce (R-2 NM)
    U.S. Air Force 1970-1976

    Collin C. Peterson (D-07 MN)
    National Guard 1963-1969

    John E. Peterson (R-05 PA)
    U.S. Army 1957
    Army Reserves 1958-1963

    #Joseph R. Pitts (R-16 PA)
    U.S. Air Force 1963-1969

    Ted Poe (R-2 TX)
    Air Force Reserve 1970-1976

    Jim Ramstad (R-03 MN)
    Army Reserves 1968-1974

    #Charles B. Rangel (D-15 NY)
    U.S. Army 1948-1952

    Ralph Regula (R-16 OH)
    U.S. Navy 1944-1946

    #Silvestre Reyes (D-16 TX)
    U.S. Army 1966-1968

    Thomas Reynolds (R-26 NY)
    National Guard 1970-1976

    Harold Rogers (R-05 KY)
    National Guard 1957-1964

    Mike Rogers (R-8 MI)
    US Army 1985-89

    Bobby Rush (D-01 IL)
    U.S. Army 1963-1968

    John Salazar (D-03 CO)
    U.S. Army 1973-1976

    Robert C. Scott (D-03 VA)
    Army Reserves 1970-1974
    National Guard 1974-1976

    Jose E. Serrano (D-16 NY)
    U.S. Army 1964-1966

    Joe Sestak(D-07PA)
    U.S. Navy [Admiral] 1970-2006

    John Shadegg (R-03AZ)
    National Guard 1969-1975

    John Shimkus (R-19 IL)
    U.S. Army 1980-1984
    Army Reserves 1987-Present

    #Vic Snyder (D-02 AR)
    U.S. Marines 1967-1969

    John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-05 SC)
    U.S. Army 1969-1971

    Fortney P. Stark (D-13 CA)
    U.S. Air Force 1955-1957

    Cliff Stearns (R-06 FL)
    U.S. Air Force 1963-1967

    John S. Tanner (D-08 TN)
    U.S. Navy 1968-1972
    National Guard 1974-Present

    Gene Taylor (D-04 MS)
    Coast Guard Reserve 1971-1984

    #Mike Thompson (D-01 CA)
    U.S. Army 1969-1972

    Edolphus Towns (D-10 NY)
    U.S. Army 1956-1958

    Tim Walz (D-01MI)
    National Guard 1981-2005

    Dave Weldon (R-15 FL)
    U.S. Army 1981-1987
    Army Reserves 1987-1992

    Ed Whitfield (R-01 KY)
    Army Reserve 1967-1970

    Roger F. Wicker (R-01 MS)
    U.S. Air Force 1976-1980
    Air Force Reserve 1980-Present

    Heather A. Wilson (R-01 NM)
    U.S. Air Force 1978-1989
    *Only woman veteran in Congress.

    Joe Wilson (R-2 SC)
    National Guard 1972-2003

    Frank R. Wolf (R-10 VA)
    U.S. Army 1962-1963
    Army Reserves 1963-1967

    C.W. Bill Young (R-10 FL)
    National Guard 1948-1957

    Don Young (R-All AK)
    U.S. Army 1955-1957

    U.S. Senate:

    #Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
    U.S. Army 1943-47
    Robert Bennett (R-UT)
    National Guard 1957-61
    Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
    Army Reserves 1968-74
    #Thomas Carper (D-DEL)
    U.S. Navy 1968-1973
    Navy Reserve 1973-1991
    Thad Cochran (R-MS)
    U.S. Navy 1959-61
    Larry Craig (R-ID)
    National Guard 1970-72
    Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)
    Army Reserve 1969-75
    Michael Enzi (R-WY)
    Air National Guard 1967-73
    Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    · U.S. Air Force 1983-1989
    National Guard 1989-1994
    #Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
    U.S. Army 1967-68
    Tom Harkins (D-IA)
    U.S. Navy 1962-67
    Navy Reserve 1968-74
    James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
    U.S. Army 1954-56
    #Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
    Medal Of Honor
    U.S. Army 1943-47
    Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
    National Guard 1966-1972
    Tim Johnson (D-SD)
    U.S. Army 1969-
    Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
    U.S. Army 1951-53
    #John Robert Kerry (D-MA)
    U.S. Navy 1966-1970
    Herb Kohl (D-WI)
    Army Reserve 1958-64

    #Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    Army 1942-1946

    Richard Lugar (R-IN)
    U.S. Navy 1957-60
    #John R. McCain (R-AZ)
    U.S. Navy 1958-81
    *POW Vietnam 1967-73
    Bill Nelson (D-FL)
    U.S. Army 1968-1970
    Jack Reed (D-RI)
    U.S. Army 1967-1969
    Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    U.S. Marine Corps (1958-62)
    Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
    Army Reserves 1973-86
    Arlen Specter (R-PA)
    U.S. Air Force 1951-53
    #Ted Stevens (R-AK)
    Army Air Corps 1943-46
    #John R. Warner (R-VA)
    U.S. Navy 1945-46
    Marine Corps 1950-52
    Marine Corps Reserves 1952-1964
    #Jim Webb (D-VA)
    U.S. Marine Corps 1964-1972
    Ass’t Sec. of Defense 1984-1987
    Secretary of the Navy 1987-1988

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