Jesse Colvin for Congress

Jesse Colvin for Congress

U.S. House – Maryland 01

Jesse's call to service begins on 9/11. Jesse was a senior in high school and met with military recruiters that week – the first of many scares for his parents. He sensed his generation’s challenge lay in the Middle East and he sought to understand the region’s languages, cultures, and politics.

"In college, I majored in history and minored in Arabic, spending a semester in Egypt. After graduation from Duke University in 2006, I lived in Syria, where I taught English to Iraqi refugees and Syrians hoping to study in American universities. I was against the invasion of Iraq and could see from Syria that it was going poorly. But my country needed people to step up and serve. I had a college degree, language skills, and cultural knowledge of the Arab world – who was I not to serve?"

Jesse served for six years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer, completing four combat deployments to Afghanistan and a year forward-stationed near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea as the sole intelligence officer for an infantry unit. After completing the US Army’s Ranger Course, he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment – the Army Rangers. 

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