20 Senators Who Served In The Military – Lt. Col Dan Sullivan


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Date Born: November 13, 1964
Place of Birth: Fairview Park, Ohio

Education:
Harvard University, B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Georgetown University Law Center, M.S.

Short Senatorial Biography:
Senator Sullivan was elected to the Senate in 2014. He has currently not sponsored any bills. But, he has already distinguished himself landing spots on key committees such as the Armed Services Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Military Service:
Senator Sullivan has a stellar record of military and national security service. He currently serves as an infantry officer and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Over the past 21 years, Sullivan has served in a variety of command and staff billets on Active Duty and in the Reserves, including: TRAP Force Commander and 81mm mortar Platoon Commander, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); Weapons Company Executive Officer, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines; Commanding Officer, Delta Company, Anti-Terrorism Battalion; Executive Officer, Echo Company, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion; and Commanding Officer, 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO).
Senator Sullivan was recalled to Active Duty in 2004, for a year and a half to serve as a staff officer to the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid. He spent most of the deployment in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia. Again in July 2013, Sullivan was recalled to Active Duty, serving with a Joint Task Force in Afghanistan focusing on dismantling terrorist networks and criminalizing the Taliban insurgency.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services Committee
– Subcommittee on Airland
– Subcommittee on Personnel
– Subcommittee on Seapower

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
– Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
– Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
– Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
– Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
– Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure,

Safety, and Security

Environment and Public Works Committee
– Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
– Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, Chair

Veterans’ Affairs Committee


 

11 Biggest House RINOs – #11 Mario Diaz-Balart

Heritage Ranking: 36%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 44%
Conservative Review Ranking: 32%

Key Votes:

Diaz-Balart is a strong advocate of the Cuban Embargo but, like many politicians, he is moving further to the left with each passing year in office. His lifetime American Conservative Union rating is slightly below 70%, bolstered by his voting record during his early years in Congress, but he has dropped down to a paltry 44% rating for 2014. In spite of his former membership in the Republican Study Committee, Diaz-Balart has voted against the Republican Study Committee blueprint for a balanced budget, the Hice Amendment, which sought to prohibit federal employees from being compensated by the federal government while performing union activities. He voted against blocking funding to the Department of Homeland Security to prevent implementation of Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Decree and the Hudson Amendment to bring the Department of Energy back to 2008 spending levels. Diaz-Balart is also a ranking member of the Main Street Caucus a left-wing group within the Republican Party that seeks to elevate the status of RINOs in the House and the Senate.

Mario Diaz-Balart: Brief Biography

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has been representing his Miami-Dade County area district in Florida since 2003. He is a “moderate” and has been re-elected easily every two years.

Diaz-Balart has an impressive political pedigree. His father, Rafael Diaz-Balart, was a politician in Cuba. His aunt, Marta Diaz-Balart was the first wife of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro; and his brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart was also a Congressman from Florida, serving from 1993 to 2011.

Diaz-Balart was born in 1961 In Fort Lauderdale. A graduate of the University of South Florida, he majored in political science. Originally a Democrat, he switched parties while an aide to Miami mayor Xavier Suarez, his first political job. His first try at political office was in 1988 when he successfully ran for the Florida House. He then was elected to the State Senate in 1992, and in 2000 he won election back to the House.

Diaz-Balart first campaigned for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, and won handily, garnering 64% of the vote in his 25th district. In 2004, he ran unopposed, and in 2006 won by 58%. He won a closer race (53%) in 2008 when he ran against Joe Garcia, former Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party and the Director of the Cuban-American National Foundation.

He won another unopposed race in 2010 when he ran for his brother’s old seat in the 21st District, which is considered the most Republican in the state. Twice again, in 2012 and 2014, he ran unopposed in the renumbered 25th District.

In Congress he serves on the Appropriations Committee and is vice chairman of the subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. He also is a member of the subcommittee of State, Foreign Operations and Related Services and the subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

He is a founding member and chairman of the Republican Congressional Hispanic Conference, and was an advocate for continuing the embargo on Cuba, and, in spite of his voting record, he was a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee during his first two terms in Congress.

He is also a founding member of the Washington Waste Watchers, the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus, and he is the assistant whip of the left-wing Main Street Caucus.

Diaz-Balart resides in Miami with his wife, Tia.

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon the Senate rankings from Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review Scorecards.  We encourage you to visit those sites for more detailed information.

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FALSE: When Barack Obama lies, he lies big and he lies with no equivocation; but we’ve come to expect whoppers from the man who told us that we could keep our doctor if we liked our doctor under ObamaCare.

This raw deal certainly doesn’t have the backing of our greatest ally in the region, Israel. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apoplectic and is calling the deal a “mistake of historic proportions.”

Other nations in the Middle East don’t appear to be too happy either.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton: “We have given Iran the path it has been seeking for almost 35 years. The other states in the region are not going to sit idly by, which is why in effect the nuclear arms race is already underway.”

Many of our adversaries appear to like the deal.

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani gloated:

“At the start of the negotiations, the other side would tell us that… Iran could have only 100 centrifuges… Today, the agreement is carried out under conditions that state that [Iran] will retain over 6,000 centrifuges, over 5,000 of which will be at Natanz and over 1,000 at Fordo. All centrifuges at Natanz will continue to enrich.

“They said, ‘The period of your restrictions will be 20 years, in addition to 25 years.’ Later they said ’20 years and 10 years.’ Then they said: ‘Last word – 20 years, and we will not capitulate any more.’ But in the final days of the negotiations, they went down to eight years.

“On the issue of sanctions, they would say, ‘Months must pass and you must earn trust so that later the sanctions can be gradually frozen – not lifted… Today I announce to the Iranian nation that under this agreement… all the sanctions – even the embargo on weapons, missiles, and proliferation – will be lifted.”

China and Russia might like the deal too, but it hardly has “the full backing of the international community.” It would be more apt to say that this deal has the full backing of the international community of America-haters.