Derrick Van Orden is running for the Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District House seat currently held by retiring Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), and his campaign just got a significant boost. President Donald Trump announced on August 11 that he is formally endorsing Van Orden for the job.
In an announcement on his website, Trump said that the retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief has bravely served and defended the U.S.
He stated that Van Orden supports our “Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement” and will fight for secure borders, farmers, and the Second Amendment. Trump said Van Orden has his “complete and total endorsement!”
Van Orden thanked Trump in a Twitter post, saying that the former president inspired millions of Americans and pointed out that Trump had carried the 3rd congressional district in Wisconsin in 2016 and 2020. He said that he was “incredibly proud” to receive Trump’s endorsement.
Van Orden joined the Navy at age 18 and served for 26 years before his retirement. He was deployed on five combat missions and several other deployments overseas. He has appeared in three motion pictures and is the author of A Book of Man: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to the Lost Art of Manhood.
As of the end of last month, Trump had endorsed 21 candidates for various 2022 elections. A January 2021 survey showed that 45 percent of Republicans said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who received an endorsement from President Trump.
Rep. Kind was first elected to the House in 1996, and in the 2020 election, he defeated Van Orden with 51.3 percent of the vote.
Kind’s retirement is seen as a significant blow to the Democrats’ effort to hang on to their current razor-thin majority in the House in next year’s midterm elections. He announced his retirement from the House on August 10, effective at the end of the current term.
Before Kind’s retirement, Van Orden had already outraised the Democrat’s annual fundraising last year by more than $100,000 in the previous quarter alone.