Unlike Ocasio-Cortez, Republican Dan Crenshaw Just Put His Money Where His Mouth Is In A BIG Way

Former Navy Seal and newly elected Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw has set a precedent by showing he is willing to follow through with things he proposes — unlike Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“I cannot in good conscience get paid while federal employees’ financial futures hang in the balance because of this partial government shutdown,” Crenshaw wrote on Twitter. “I’ve asked the Chief Administrative Officer to withhold my pay until we have come to an agreement to adequately fund border security.”

Ocasio-Cortez originally claimed she would give up her salary while the government was shutdown, but she literally told a reporter “I’ve gotta run” when asked if she will honor her own advice to lawmakers to “have some integrity” and give up her paycheck.

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“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well,” she wrote in a December tweet. “It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision. Have some integrity.”

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Crenshaw grew up in Katy, Texas.

His mother died of cancer when he was ten years old. While his father worked in the oil industry, Crenshaw spent some time growing up in Ecuador and Colombia, gaining a proficiency in Spanish.

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Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University in 2006. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2018 and worked as a military legislative assistant for Congressman Pete Sessions.

While at Tufts, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy after his graduation. He served in the Navy SEALs for ten years, including three tours of duty, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Crenshaw was a member of SEAL Team Three; and was based out of Coronado.

While serving in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2012, he was injured by the detonation of an improvised explosive device.

He lost his right eye and required surgery to save the vision in his left eye. After the injury, he was deployed to Bahrain and South Korea.  As a Navy SEAL, he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor.

He medically retired from military service in 2016.

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