The United States Representative for Texas’s 2nd congressional district, Daniel Reed Crenshaw, also known as Dan Crenshaw, is an American politician and former Navy SEAL. He has served in that position since 2019.
Crenshaw was born on March 14, 1984. Dan Crenshaw was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, to American parents. He grew up in Katy, Texas. When he was ten years old, his mother died of cancer. His father, Jim Crenshaw, is a petroleum engineer who worked in several countries, and Crenshaw grew up in Ecuador and Colombia, where he learned Spanish.
In 2002, he graduated from Colegio Nueva Granada in Columbia. Crenshaw moved to the United States and earned a bachelor’s degree in arts with a concentration in international affairs from Tufts University in 2006. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2017.
Crenshaw was a United States Navy Seal for ten years (2006–2016), completing five tours of service and earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Crenshaw lost his right eye to an IED blast during the Iraq War in Afghanistan in 2012, and his left eye suffered a partial vision loss. Dan became a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) member. After graduation, he received an officer’s commission in the US Navy.
He was also sent to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. He qualified with the BUD/S class 264 after six months of training here. In June 2008, he completed SEAL certification training, earning the designator 1130 as a Naval Special Warfare Officer, allowing him to wear the Special Warfare Insignia.
Following that, he spent ten years and five tours of service in the Navy SEALs, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. After graduation, his first mission was to Fallujah, Iraq, when he joined SEAL Team Three. In Coronado, California, he was assigned to the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals during his time in the Navy, one with a V device, the purple heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor.
In 2012, he lost his right eye while serving in Afghanistan. An IED blast hit him during his third deployment in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Although the bomb-shattered both of his eyes, surgery salvaged his left eye’s eyesight. He continued in the Navy for four years following his injuries, spending his fourth and fifth tours of duty in South Korea and Bahrain.
Crenshaw ran for the United States House of Representatives in Texas’s 2nd congressional district in 2017 and was elected in 2018. After beating Democrat contender Todd Litton with 52.8 percent of the vote in the runoff election, he went on to win the general election on November 6th. In 2020, Crenshaw was re-elected against Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian.
Hold These Truths In 2020 is his new podcast, in which he “joins the world’s finest experts for deep and incisive debates about the most pressing challenges confronting us today.” Fortune magazine included Crenshaw to its 40 Under 40 list in the “Government and Politics” category in 2020, stating that he “wears his country’s duty on his face.”
Crenshaw was one of 126 Republicans in the House of Representatives who signed a letter in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed in the United States Supreme Court contesting the election results and claiming that Biden’s victory in the four swing states was due to “unconstitutional actions,” invoking baseless claims of fraud. Texas lacks standing under Article III of the Constitution to contest an election held in another state. Therefore, the Supreme Court declined to consider the case.
Tara Blake is Dan Crenshaw’s wife’s name. After dating for several years, the two married on August 24, 2013, in a glorious wedding. Dan’s reaction to the ‘Young Turks’ contributors on social media catapulted the pair into the spotlight. Tara is a political activist and social activist from the United States. She has been involved in several philanthropic organizations and has several noble causes.
|Height||5 feet 8 inches|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|