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Don Bacon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byBrad Ashford
Personal details
Born
Donald John Bacon

(1963-08-16) August 16, 1963 (age 60)
Momence, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Angie Hardison
(m. 1984)
Children4
Residence(s)Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
EducationNorthern Illinois University (BA)
University of Phoenix (MBA)
National War College (MA)
Signature
WebsiteHouse website
Nickname"Bits"[1]
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1985–2014
Rank
Brigadier general
Commands
Battles/wars

Donald John Bacon (born August 16, 1963) is an American politician and retired military officer serving as the U.S. representative for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district since 2017. Before holding public office, he was a United States Air Force officer, retiring as brigadier general with stints as wing commander at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, prior to his retirement from the military in 2014. His political constituency now includes all of Omaha and the areas surrounding Offutt.

Bacon is frequently described as a moderate centrist within the Republican Party.[2][3][4][5][6] As of 2021, he ranks 12th in bipartisanship among members of Congress according to Georgetown University's Lugar Center. A member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which represents the most moderate of the five GOP factions in the House, Bacon was an original sponsor of the Naming Commission, which stripped the Department of Defense of names valorizing the Confederacy, and of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which established lynching as a unique hate crime, and voted to enact the Respect for Marriage Act, which codified the right to same-sex marriage. He was one of 37 Republicans who rejected attempts to overturn the 2020 election, and one of 35 who supported the committee to investigate the January 6th attack. He has repeatedly sparred with members of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus.

An active voice on foreign policy in the House, Bacon is among a slate of U.S. representatives sanctioned by the Russian government, and was the first member of Congress to be hacked by the Chinese government.

Early life, education, and military career

Bacon is originally from Momence, Illinois, the son of Donald and Joan Bacon of Bourbonnais.[7] He grew up on a family farm in Momence[8] and graduated from Grace Baptist Academy in Kankakee in 1980.[7]

Don Bacon smiling in a military portrait
Portrait of Air Force Brigadier General Don Bacon

Bacon attended Northern Illinois University and gained a commission through the Air Force ROTC program, interning in Representative Edward Rell Madigan's Washington D.C. office during his senior year. In his military career he specialized in electronic warfare, intelligence, reconnaissance and public affairs, and also qualified as a Master Navigator.[9] He served as a Wing Commander at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, as a Group commander and Squadron commander at Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and an Expeditionary Squadron commander in Iraq.[10] Bacon has earned master's degrees from the National War College of the National Defense University and the University of Phoenix. His final assignment was as Director of ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development, AF/A2, Headquarters U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon from July 2012.[11]

Brigadier General Donald Bacon, 55th Wing Commander, salutes the men and women attending his final flight at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

In 2014, Bacon retired from the U.S. Air Force.[12] During his 29 years in the Air Force, he was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merits and two Bronze Star Medals; he was selected as Europe's top Air Force Wing Commander in 2009.[13] He served as an aide to U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry and assistant professor at Bellevue University before running for office.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2016

In the 2016 elections, Bacon won the Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska's 2nd congressional district,[15] a primarily urban and suburban district in metro Omaha,[16] covering parts of Douglas and Sarpy counties.[17]

The general election race was considered a tossup, with Democratic incumbent Brad Ashford seen as having a slight edge.[18] After a 2005 videotape showing Donald Trump making lewd remarks to Billy Bush surfaced in October 2016, Bacon said that Trump could not win the presidency and should withdraw from the race in favor of "a strong conservative candidate, like Mike Pence." But Bacon did not say that he would not vote for Donald Trump, since he did not "believe Hillary is the right person. I'm in a quandary."[19]

Bacon narrowly defeated Ashford in the general election on November 8, 2016,[20][21] with 48.9% of the vote to Ashford's 47.7%.[22][23] He was the only Republican to defeat an incumbent Democrat in the 2016 House elections.[24]

2018

Bacon was reelected in 2018, narrowly defeating progressive Democrat[25] Kara Eastman with 51.0% of the vote to her 49.0%.[26]

2020
Bacon (right) campaigning with then-Senator Ben Sasse on Election Day 2020

Bacon and Eastman faced off again in the 2020 general election. Bacon was reelected by a larger margin than in 2018, winning 51.0% of the vote to Eastman's 46.2%, even as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden won the district by 6.5 points.[27][28] He was endorsed by his predecessor, Democrat Brad Ashford, whom he defeated in 2016.[29]

2022

Bacon narrowly won re-election in 2022 against Nebraska state senator Tony Vargas.

2024

Bacon is running for re-election in 2024. Tony Vargas is expected to run again as the Democratic Party candidate in a rematch of the 2022 election. Former President Donald Trump has tried to recruit a populist Republican to primary Bacon, though none has emerged.[30]

Tenure

After his election, Bacon was sworn in to the 115th Congress in January 2017. During his first term he served on the House Agriculture Committee,[16] Homeland Security Committee and the Armed Services Committee.[31] During Donald Trump's presidency, Bacon voted in line with Trump's position 89.4% of the time.[32] The Lugar Center ranked Bacon 89th out of 435 House members in bipartisanship.[33]

Bacon was reelected in 2018 and served in the 116th Congress, continuing to serve on the Agriculture and Armed Services committees. His bipartisanship ranking rose to 15th out of 435.[34]

In 2021, Bacon was seated for his third term.

During the first year of Joe Biden's presidency, Bacon voted in line with Biden's position 29.5% of the time.[35]

Following the 2022 midterm elections and announcements by members of the Freedom Caucus that they would oppose or demand concessions of presumptive House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Bacon announced he was willing to work with Democrats to elect a moderate Republican.[36]

In August 2023, the FBI revealed that Bacon was the first US lawmaker to be targeted in a cyberespionage intrusion by Chinese government hackers.[37] When asked about the intrusion, which Bacon said largely compromised campaign and personal email data, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC called the incident a "smear" and part of a "groundless narrative."[38] The embassy denial included a complaint that the U.S. government had undercut China's sovereignty with recent arms sales to Taiwan, an effort which Bacon had vocally supported.[38][39] A spokeswoman for Bacon's office said it was likely a reason for the attack.[39]

Following failed House votes on bills to avoid a government shutdown beginning on October 1, 2023, Bacon said of Republicans in the Freedom Caucus who sought major concessions or pushed for a shutdown "some of these folks would vote against the Bible because there's not enough Jesus in it."[40]

Bacon voted against the October 2023 removal of Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, calling it a vote "for chaos", and "a good day for Russia and China."[41] He supported Steve Scalise in his initial bid for the October 2023 House Speaker election, but voted against the subsequent unsuccessful bid by Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan, former President Donald Trump's preferred candidate.[42] Following the first round of voting on Jordan's nomination, Bacon revealed that his wife and staff were being harassed and threatened by phone and in public to push him to support Jordan, saying "there's been a bullying campaign...they're being told on certain cable channels that the world's falling apart...and they feel like approved to cross these boundaries and to be wrong."[43][44] He ultimately supported Mike Johnson's successful bid for the role.

Bacon supported the November 2023 expulsion of George Santos.[45]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Armed services and foreign policy

Bacon at NATO facilities in Ādaži, Latvia with U.S. Army M109 howitzer and AN/TWQ-1 Avenger artillery crews

Bacon has been a member of the Armed Services Committee since taking office in 2017.

Bacon supported airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for the Assad government's use of chemical weapons.[67] In 2019, Bacon voted for a resolution opposing Trump's move to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds in Syria, which exposed Kurdish militias to attacks from Turkey.[68]

At a Brookings Institution event in October 2017, Bacon stressed the importance of military readiness and called for U.S. Air Force crews to increase flight hours to enhance readiness. He also said the "gravest threat" to military readiness was the "partisan divide" in government, which had prevented necessary increases in spending.[69]

Bacon supports a stronger U.S. presence in the Balkans to counter Russia, which he has called a key adversary of the United States. He has expressed alarm regarding Russia's activity in Ukraine and the Balkans, as well as Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and attempted Russian interference in other nations' elections.

In November 2017, Bacon told an electronic warfare (EW) conference that the U.S. military needed "to elevate the electromagnetic spectrum to an official domain of warfare—alongside land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace–and appoint general officers as EW advocates in all four services and to the joint staff." He said the U.S. should re-intensify its EW capabilities, which he said had atrophied after the collapse of the Soviet Union.[70]

Bacon with President Barack Obama in 2009.

Bacon is a consistent supporter of Taiwan. In 2019, he spent time with Representative Salud Carbajal and former Speaker Paul Ryan in Taiwan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and open a new de facto Embassy. Bacon said, "we owe it to be clear that Taiwan is a success story and we have to support their democracy."[71] At the outset of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Bacon said:

"Today starts a new and dark chapter in national security that is Hobbesian in nature where bullies will dominate weaker countries. Where might makes right, and dictators prey on their neighbors unless free nations band together and deter this threat.…We have entered a new cold war"[72]

In April 2022, the Russian Federation sanctioned and banned Bacon in retaliation for U.S. participation in sanctions against pro-war members of the Russian Duma.[73]

In February 2023, Bacon signed a letter advocating for President Biden to give F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.[74]

Agriculture

Bacon meeting Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia in November 2023.

Bacon has been a member of the House Agriculture Committee since 2017. In 2019, he urged the United States Army Corps of Engineers to streamline its response to the 2019 Midwestern U.S. floods and pushed to fund levies to shore up flooded farmland and Offutt Air Force Base.[75]

Bacon supported the 2018 Republican-led omnibus Farm Bill which legalized the commercialization of Hemp products.[76]

Abortion

Bacon is firmly against abortion.[14] He is a co-sponsor of the Life at Conception Act, which would guarantee "equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person" under the 14th Amendment.[77]

In 2017, he voted for legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy[32] and to repeal a rule requiring state and local governments to distribute federal funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers even if they perform abortions,[32] a measure aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood.[78] Bacon said he supported redirecting funds to community health care centers that do not provide abortion services.[78]

Civil rights

In 2019, Bacon and Representative Seth Moulton introduced The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2019. The bill specified lynching as a unique deprivation of civil rights, and would for the first time make it a federal crime. The bill's language was incorporated into the 2020 Emmett Till Antilynching Act, which passed the House but was blocked by Rand Paul in the Senate.[79] A later version became law in 2022.

Bacon expressed support for "most of" the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. He supported mandatory wearing of body cameras by police officers while on duty and a national registry for police misconduct, but opposed ending qualified immunity provisions for officers.[80] He also criticized provisions ending the Department of Defense 1033 program, which allows the transfer of surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies, saying, "if our police are encountering a serious threat, I don't want an equal fight for them."[80] He ultimately voted against the legislation in a mostly party-line vote.[81]

The Naming Commission

After the murder of George Floyd, Bacon and Anthony Brown introduced legislation to rename Department of Defense assets that valorized Southern confederate leaders or values. Alongside companion legislation introduced in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren, the bill resulted in the creation of The Naming Commission through incorporation into the omnibus National Defense Authorization Act. When asked about the bill, President Trump insisted that he would "not even consider" the proposal, to which Bacon replied in The New York Times, "you're wrong—you need to change... we're not the party of Jim Crow."[82][83][84] Trump vetoed the NDAA for reasons he said included funding for the commission, after which Congress delivered the only veto override of his presidency.[84]

LGBT rights

On July 19, 2022, Bacon and 46 other Republican representatives voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, codified the right to same-sex marriage in federal law.[85] He said he does not believe "the government should dictate who can marry each other based on gender, race, or ethnicity."[86]

Drug policy

In 2018, Bacon said that he opposed marijuana legalization as a personal matter, but that he supported decriminalization at the federal level and believed that states should be permitted to make the decision.[67][87] Bacon supported the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized industrial hemp production.[76]

Economic issues

Bacon with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2023.

In 2017, Bacon voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[88] Bacon has expressed support for raising the full retirement age for eligibility for Social Security for Americans now under age 40.[87]

Environment

Bacon has said, "I don't think we know for certain how much of climate change is being caused by normal cyclical changes in weather vs. human causes. I support legislation that allows for continued incremental improvement in our environment, but oppose extreme measures that create significant economic and job disruption."[89] He is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.[53]

Gun policy

In 2018, Bacon said he would support a ban on bump stocks.[67] In 2021, he introduced legislation to enhance penalties for engaging in illicit straw purchases of firearms.[90]

Health care

Bacon favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare,[91] and opposes proposals for Medicare for All or single-payer healthcare.[67] In May 2017, he voted for the American Health Care Act of 2017, Republican health-care legislation that would have repealed large portions of the ACA.[92][93]

Immigration

Bacon campaigns with Charlie Kirk at a pro-Trump event in Omaha in 2020.

In August 2017, Bacon and five of his House colleagues urged Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented youth brought to the United States as children (also known as "Dreamers"), "until we can pass a permanent legislative solution."[94][24] In 2019, he voted for legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth.[95]

Bacon has expressed support for construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall supported by Trump.[96] Bacon voted against legislation to end the December 2018–January 2019 government shutdown by appropriating funds without money for a border wall.[32] He said that Trump's attempt to circumvent Congress by declaring a national emergency to redirect money from military construction to building a border wall was not "the right way to go" because it infringed on congressional powers,[96] but voted against a House resolution to overturn the emergency declaration and against overriding Trump's veto of legislation that would have overturned the declaration.[32]

In 2017, Bacon reintroduced the Kerrie Orozco Act, which would "allow the spouses of first responders, killed in the line of duty, access to a quicker process of becoming an American citizen."[97]

Impeachment

In 2019, the House voted on two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. Bacon voted against both articles.[98]

In 2021, the House voted on one article of impeachment against Trump for incitement of insurrection after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bacon voted against the article.[99]

In 2023 Bacon voted for the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden, but said he was skeptical of the efforts to impeach, stating that he thinks Biden did engage in corruption, but that impeachments are bad for the nation and generally hurt the election successes of the party bringing the proceedings.[100]

Infrastructure

Bacon initially said he would support President Biden's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and criticized Republicans for opposing it, but during negotiations he said he could not commit to voting for the bill.[101] Ultimately, Bacon was one of 13 House Republicans to break with their party and vote with a majority of Democrats in favor of the legislation.[102]

Israel

Bacon supports an "ironclad partnership" with Israel and endorsed the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.[103][104] Bacon voted to provide Israel with support following the 2023 Hamas attack on Israel.[105][106]

2020 presidential election

In a December 2020 Washington Post survey of the 249 Republican members of Congress, Bacon was one of 37 who acknowledged Joe Biden as the legitimate President-elect.[107]

Bacon did not join congressional Republicans who sided with the Trump campaign's attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election. He voted to certify both Arizona's and Pennsylvania's votes in the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count.

On May 19, 2021, Bacon was one of 35 Republicans who joined Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[108] Before the vote, he was one of only a few Republican lawmakers who openly expressed their support for the commission.[109]

Postal Service

Bacon was one of 26 Republicans to vote with the Democratic caucus for a $25 billion relief bill for the U.S. Postal Service at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.[110]

Electoral history

Republican candidate Democratic candidate Other candidate
     
Year Candidate Votes Candidate Votes Candidate Party Votes
2016 Don Bacon 141,066 48.9% Brad Ashford (Incumbent) 137,602 47.7% Steven Laird Libertarian 9,640 3.4%
2018 Don Bacon (Incumbent) 126,715 51.0% Kara Eastman 121,770 49.0%
2020 Don Bacon (Incumbent) 171,071 50.8% Kara Eastman 155,706 46.2% Tyler Schaeffer Libertarian 10,185 3.0%
2022 Don Bacon (Incumbent) 112,663 50.8% Tony Vargas 106,807 48.6%

Sources:[111][112][113]

Personal life

Bacon and his wife Angie (née Hardison)[7] have four children and six[114] grandchildren. They live in Papillion, Nebraska.[115] Bacon is a Christian.[116]

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