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Michael Waltz
Michael Waltz, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byRon DeSantis
Personal details
Michael George Glen Waltz

(1974-01-31) January 31, 1974 (age 46)
Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationVirginia Military Institute (BA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
RankLieutenant Colonel[1]
UnitU.S. Army Special Forces
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan

Michael George Glen Waltz[2][3] (born January 31, 1974)[4] is a U.S. Army officer and American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.


Waltz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army National Guard.


A U.S. Army National Guard Special Forces officer, he is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and is the first Green Beret ever elected to the United States Congress. Before his election to Congress, Waltz served in a senior role at The Pentagon as Director for Afghanistan policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, served as a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism in the George W. Bush Administration, was co-founder and partner at Askari Associates, LLC, and was president of Metis Solutions. He was formerly a FOX News Channel contributor, providing expert commentary on foreign policy and defense issues, and has also appeared frequently on CNN, MSNBC, BBC World News, and PBS Frontline.[5][6]

U.S. House of Representatives


2018 general election

Waltz ran for Florida's 6th congressional district in 2018 to succeed incumbent Republican Ron DeSantis, who retired before being elected Governor of Florida in a close race.[7][8]


He won the election over Democrat Nancy Soderberg and was sworn in to the 116th congress on January 3, 2019.

In April 2020, Waltz joined the National Guard's COVID-19 response efforts as a colonel on the planning staff.[9]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • For Country Caucus
  • Army Caucus
  • Special Forces Caucus
  • Shipbuilding Caucus
  • Motorsports Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee
  • American Flood Coalition
  • Afghanistan Caucus
  • Taiwan Caucus
  • Florida Ports Caucus
  • Kurdish Caucus

Electoral history

Republican primary results, Florida 2018[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Waltz 32,916 42.43%
Republican John Ward 23,593 30.41%
Republican Fred Costello 21,074 27.16%
Total votes 77,583 100%
Florida's 6th congressional district, 2018[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Waltz 187,891 56.31%
Democratic Nancy Soderberg 145,758 43.69%
Total votes 333,649 100%
Republican hold


  • Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan. ISBN 1612346316.


External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ron DeSantis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jeff Van Drew
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Steve Watkins
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