FIRST ON FOX: Tim Sheehy – businessman, firefighting pilot, and former Navy SEAL – is “answering the call to serve” in officially launching a 2024 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Montana.
The Republican officially announced his candidacy exclusively with Fox News Digital Tuesday calling for “a new generation of leadership” in his bid to unseat vulnerable incumbent Sen. John Tester, D-Mont., in 2024.
“From inflation to our border to our deficit, America is ready for change. And I think it’s time for a new generation of leaders to step up,” Sheehy told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview. “Leaders who understand servant leadership, which is putting the mission before yourself, and leaders who understand how to get results.”
“I think Americans are feeling underrepresented. They’re tired of a government that they don’t feel is working for them,” the candidate said when asked why he decided to throw his hat into the ring for the Democrat-held seat.
Sheehy is running in one of the most closely watched races of the 2024 cycle that could likely determine whether Republicans gain a majority in the Senate – but shifting the focus away from political parties, Sheehy said that “one thing I learned in a foxhole in Afghanistan or the belly of a submarine, is when the chips are down there is really only one political party – and that’s American.”
Before entering the political scene, Sheehy served in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, and the Pacific region, receiving the Bronze Star with Valor for Heroism in Combat and the Purple Heart Medal. On top of also owning several businesses, the veteran recipient shares four kids with his Marine veteran wife, Carmen Sheehy.
“I joined the military right out of high school and did several deployments overseas,” Sheehy told Fox News Digital. “And after I was wounded, I started my company and created a lot of jobs here. And those jobs are all still in service of this country, fighting wildfires and building critical protective gear for our troops.”
Sheehy, who is running in the state of fellow former Navy SEAL Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., noted that “we’re in one of the lowest participation rates in history of veterans in Congress. And that’s a huge problem. We want to get combat veterans in and those who understand service back to help fix this government and get things working right.”
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