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    A Look at the New Veterans Headed to Congress in January

    A Look at the New Veterans Headed to Congress in January

    Nineteen veterans will begin roaming the halls of Congress next week, contributing to one of the biggest classes of lawmakers who served in the in recent years.

    The 118th Congress' cohort of 97 total veterans includes a couple historic firsts: Congress' first two Black West Point graduates.

    Two female veterans will also be joining Congress. That's short of the record three women veterans who entered Congress in 2018. But when including incumbents, the seven total women veterans still matches the record total number set by the 116th Congress.

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    Sixteen of the freshman veterans are Republicans, who won a narrow majority in the House after Democrats performed better in the midterm elections than expected.

    At least one of the veterans joining Congress was at the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol, though he denies ever entering the building and has not been charged with any crime.

    And one of the 19 “new” veterans is actually a familiar face. Navy veteran Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is returning to Congress after leaving in early 2019 to become the interior secretary in the Trump administration. Zinke resigned as interior secretary amid allegations, later substantiated by an inspector general, that he violated ethics rules.

    Here's a deeper look at the new veterans in the incoming Congress:


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