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NBC News: More Female Veterans Running for Political Offices

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Arizona Rep. Martha McSally is a veteran who now serves in Congress. (AP)

By    |   Monday, 29 May 2017 02:13 PM

Female veterans are making more runs at local, state, and federal political offices, according to a Monday report on NBC News.

"I think my experience gives voters a certain sense of comfort that I can do the job," said Mikie Sherill, who flew Navy rescue missions in the Persian Gulf, Italy, and Bahrain. Now she is running in New Jersey as a Democrat, against Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., according to the NBC News report.

"Anything with an American flag attached to it — that's my job. Everything that I have done has led me here," said Alicia Reddin, a Navy veteran who was an equipment operator. She plans to launch a campaign against a Republican in the Massachusetts state House this fall, NBC reported.

"Pretty much everywhere I've gone, there have been more men than women. I think it uniquely prepares me for office. It's not intimidating at all," Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan said in the NBC report.

The Veterans Campaign hosts a Women Veterans Program that trains female veterans for public office. "We've seen an uptick of women veterans throwing their hat in the ring in a number of different primaries," Kate Kranz Jordan, Veterans Campaign director, said in the NBC report.

"A lot more women are exiting their service and looking to continue to serve, and we think public office is a perfect fit for them," Jordan added.

Only a few female veterans are in public office: 3 percent of veterans in state legislatures are women, according to the American Enterprise Institute.

In Congress, there are 102 veterans, but only four of those are women, the NBC report said.

Two of those women are Democrats, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The other two women are Republicans, Arizona Rep. Martha McSally and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, and all four have found common goals in addressing sexual assault in the military and family leave policies, NBC's report said.

Emily's List reported a trend in signups to run by female veterans, and Emerge America reported that women from diverse backgrounds are looking into running, including veterans, the NBC report said.

The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that supports veterans, held a summit in San Francisco that included encouragement for female veterans to run for office. "Think about where your leadership should go… to help our government be a more effective government," Erin Loos Cutraro said at the summit, according to San Francisco’s KTVU.

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