Michael George Glen Waltz is an American politician and United States Army officer. Congressman represents Florida’s 6th congressional district, which includes Flagler and Volusia counties as well as portions of Lake and St. Johns counties. Mike is a proud Florida native, a Colonel in the National Guard, a combat-decorated Green Beret, a former White House and Pentagon policy advisor, a small business owner, and a proud father. As a member of the Republican Party, he was first elected in the 2018 Midterm elections and succeeded Ron DeSantis, who went on to be elected the 46th governor of Florida.
Mike Waltz’s Early Life
Waltz was born in Boynton Beach, FL on January 31, 1974, and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He was raised by a hard-working single mother and is the son and grandson of Navy Chiefs. Mike has served his country his entire life. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, has served over 24 years in the U.S. Army, and is presently serving in the National Guard.
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Mike Waltz’s Education
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. After being commissioned as an Army lieutenant, Mike graduated from Ranger School and was then selected for the elite Green Berets, serving worldwide as a decorated Special Forces officer with multiple combat tours in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. For his actions in combat, Mike was awarded 4 Bronze Stars and 2 with valor. He is the first Green Beret to be elected to Congress.
Congressman represents Florida’s 6th congressional district, which includes Flagler, Volusia, Lake, and St. Johns counties. Waltz is a combat-decorated Green Beret still serving as a colonel in the U.S. Army National Guard, and a former White House, and Pentagon policy advisor. He is the first Green Beret to be elected to Congress. Waltz graduated with honors as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Virginia Military Institute and has served over 24 years in the U.S. Army. After commissioning as an Army lieutenant, Waltz graduated Ranger School and was selected to be a Green Beret, serving worldwide as a Special Forces officer with multiple tours in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa.
For his actions in combat, Waltz was decorated with four Bronze Stars including two with valor. He worked in the Pentagon as a defense policy director for Secretaries of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Waltz then went on to serve in the White House as the vice president’s counterterrorism advisor. Waltz wrote “Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan.” In 2010, Waltz helped found an analytics and training company Metis Solutions. It was bought in November 2020 by Pacific Architects and Engineers for $92 million.
Mike Waltz’s Net Worth
The well-known politician Mike Waltz’s Net Worth is $1.5 Million.
As a former Fox News Contributor & Author
As a FOX News Contributor, “Michael Waltz brings a unique blend of expertise as a special forces operator and policy-maker” according to Bret Baier, Anchor of Special Report.
He is passionate about bringing complex, difficult issues directly to the American people in an objective way through Fox News Channel. His passion for service and facing the threats we face is also why he wrote “Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan” and contributed to “Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy.” He loves digging into practical policy as a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
As a Combat Decorated Green Beret
He was raised with the ethos of service, leadership, and hard work. When he looks at their current political leadership that is failing them, he once again feels a call to service. It’s the same call to service he felt when he shipped off to the Virginia Military Institute and the same call when he was commissioned as an Army lieutenant, graduated Ranger School and was selected for the elite Special Forces Green Berets. He has felt that call through a 21-year active duty and reserve career and through multiple combat tours in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. He led the search for Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl after he deserted his post and led the call for justice after his return for all the service members put in harm’s way.
As a White House Policy Advisor
He continued his service in the Pentagon as a defense policy director for Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates. Then he had the true honor of serving in the White House as Vice President Cheney’s counterterrorism advisor. He has seen first-hand the awesome and difficult decisions a President must make and the value of leadership.
Mike Waltz’s Political Position
War in Afghanistan
After telling an anecdote to the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference audience about his time serving in Afghanistan during the public announcement of the Obama-era troop withdrawals, Waltz stated about the War in Afghanistan, “So, are we 15 years in? Yes. Are we in for a lot more fighting and do we need a long-term strategy to undermine the ideology of Islamic extremism — just like we did fascism and just like we did communism? — yes, we do. Uh, and you know, I think we’re in for a long haul and I think our nation’s leadership needs to begin telling the American people ‘I’m sorry, we don’t have a choice, we’re 15 years into what is going to be a multi-generational war because we’re talking about defeating an idea.’ It’s easy to bomb a tank, very difficult to defeat an idea and that’s exactly what we have to do.” Following his statement, a CPAC audience member can be heard disrupting the panel and shouting “It’s impossible” in reply to Waltz’s stance on the war.
Chinese Communist Party
Waltz is considered one of the most hawkish members of Congress as it relates to America’s posture towards China, saying “We are in a Cold War with the Chinese Communist Party.” In 2021, Waltz was the first member of Congress to call for a full U.S. boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics over the CCP’s treatment of Chinese Uyghur populations and the enslavement, forced labor, and concentration camp of these ethnic minorities in China.
Mike Waltz’s Instagram and Twitter accounts
It has an active Twitter account ‘Rep. Mike Waltz has 38.6K followers and follows 2711 accounts. His Instagram handle is ‘repmichaelwaltz’ with 6,191 followers and follows 83 accounts.
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