A second Republican candidate announced plans Tuesday, Sept. 24, to run for the vacant seat in Wisconsin’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jason Church, a native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and retired Army captain, plans to run in the special election to replace U.S. Rep Sean Duffy, who resigned Monday, Sept. 23. Duffy stepped down to spend more time with family as his unborn child faces health complications.
Church served in Afghanistan in 2012 following his graduation from Army Ranger School.
“In 2012, I answered the call to serve my country and I am proudly doing so again today,” Church said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “Wisconsin’s 7th District is made up of hardworking Americans who understand sacrifice and caring for their neighbors in need. They rallied around me when I came home from Afghanistan and it would be my honor to return the favor and fight for them in the United States Congress.”
During his service in Afghanistan, Church and nine other members of his platoon were involved in an IED explosion. The blast resulted in both of Church’s legs being amputated below the knee.
On July 31, 2014, he was promoted from a first lieutenant to a captain and medically retired from the service.
Following his retirement, Church earned a Masters of Arts in security studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He serves on the board of directors for Sentinels of Freedom, a foundation to assist severely wounded post-9/11 veterans.
Church said he plans to continue his legacy of service, pick tough fights and stand with President Trump to secure borders, protect the most vulnerable, stand up for veterans and make sure Wisconsin’s economic recovery is protected from socialist interference.