DES MOINES, Iowa – State Senator Zach Nunn, R-Bondurant, a candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District and U.S. Air Force combat veteran, announced on Tuesday that his campaign received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, a former Navy SEAL.
Crenshaw represents the Texas 2nd Congressional District and was first elected to Congress in 2018. He ran for office after medically retiring from the U.S. Navy in the rank of Lt. Commander in 2016 as a result of being hit by an IED blast in Afghanistan during his fifth and final overseas deployment that resulted in the loss of his right eye.
Crenshaw serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Health and Environment and Climate Change subcommittees. He has sponsored 39 pieces of legislation and co-sponsored 519 during his time in office. Crenshaw has led the House Republican caucus on issues such has health care, energy, and Big Tech.
“Our country is facing a momentous decision this November, and we need to support strong and conservative leaders like Zach Nunn who will defend our freedoms and put a stop to Biden and Pelosi’s liberal agenda,” Crenshaw said. “I am proud to endorse Zach Nunn for Congress – he’s a man who has served his country as an Air Force veteran and as a state senator. I’m supporting Zach because I know that he’ll continue to defend our freedom and liberties as we both have done on the battlefield and now in public service. This race is critical to take back the U.S. House, and I’m doing my part to turn this country around by supporting Zach.”
“I am honored to have Congressman Dan Crenshaw’s endorsement,” Nunn said in a released statement in response. “Crenshaw is the essence of an American patriot. He went off to fight for his country, returned as a wounded warrior, and chose to fight again for his country in Washington D.C. His service to our country is unmatched, and I’m looking forward to serving in Congress and working with him on his initiatives to improve health care, protect American energy, secure our border, and protect choice in education.”
Nunn is a combat veteran that served as an airborne intelligence officer in the United States Air Force. After 9/11, he deployed three times to the Middle East and flew over 700 combat hours. From 2011 to 2013, Nunn was the director of cybersecurity policy and engagement for the United States National Security Council. He also worked as a counterintelligence officer and COO in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Following his military service, he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2014 and later the Iowa Senate in 2018. Nunn has ousted Democratic incumbents twice, including in 2018, when his campaign flipped a decades-long Democrat-held seat by 12 percent.
He is running in a three-way Republican primary that includes Nicole Hasso of Johnston and Gary Leffler of West Des Moines.
Nunn recently received the endorsement of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He has also been endorsed by U.S. Reps. Brian Mast, R-Fla., Mike Garcia, R-Calif., and William Timmons, R-S.C., and former Congressman Greg Ganske of Iowa.
He also has been endorsed by 14 state legislators.