VMI Grad Elected to U.S. Congress
LTC Michael George Glen Waltz (Beta Commission–VMI ’96), a combat decorated Green Beret, former Fox News contributor, and small business owner, has been elected U.S. Congressman for the 6th District of Florida, in a special election necessitated by the departure of Ron DeSantis, which stretches from the southern suburbs of Jacksonville to New Smyrna Beach and includes the city of Daytona Beach. Waltz fills the seat vacated by Ron DeSantis, who was elected governor in a hotly-contested and recounted gubernatorial election.
A native Floridian and son and grandson of Navy chiefs, Waltz has spent his adult life in service to America, serving for 21 years in the U.S. Army and rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He traveled the world as a Special Forces officer, completing combat tours to Africa, the Middle east, and Afghanistan, where he led the search for controversial deserter Pvt. Bowe Berghdal. He was awarded four bronze stars including two for valor, and he served in the White House and at the Pentagon during the George W. Bush administration as an advisor and policy director for counterterrorism for Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates.
Waltz is also an author, having written the book Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan, and contributing to Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy. With a wife and teenage daughter, he is the first Green Beret ever elected to Congress. While his new Congressional job will probably change some things, he most recently served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Metis Solutions Corporation, a private equity-backed defense firm providing strategic analysis, intelligence support, and training to U.S. Government customers worldwide.