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TEXAS — MJ Hegar may be an underdog in the Texas U.S. Senate Race, but she’s undeterred. After a tough primary runoff, Hegar came out the victor and is set to take on Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) this fall.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, she served three tours in Afghanistan. After her helicopter was shot down by the Taliban, she was unable to return to flying. As a woman, she was barred from competing for a ground combat position because of it and later sued the U.S. Air Force to remove the Combat Exclusion Policy. She wrote a memoir about her experience.
Before setting her eyes on the Senate, she lost a tight race for U.S. District 31 against Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) in 2018.
Spectrum News sat down with Hegar to see what leadership, and being a Texan, means to her.