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Rep. Abigail Spanberger Earns the Endorsement of 200+ Retired Military & National Security Leaders – Democrats, Independents and Republicans

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From Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s campaign:

Spanberger Earns the Endorsement of 200+ Retired Military & National Security Leaders

Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in America’s National Security Community Back Spanberger

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger – a former federal law enforcement officer and CIA case officer – has earned the endorsement of more than 200 retired military leaders and national security officials.

Spanberger was backed by National Security Leaders for America (NSL4A) – a consortium of more than 200 Veterans, diplomats, and national security leaders. Spanberger’s endorsers include Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.

Key signatories of the letter include Gov. Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Richard J. Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy, Amb. Ray Mabus, former Secretary of the Navy, Amb. Bruce Heyman. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a former Director of the National Security Council, and Richard A. Clarke, former Special Advisor to the President.

In their endorsement, the leaders write, “During her first four years in Congress, Abigail has proven herself to be a champion of voting rights, an advocate for her constituents regardless of political persuasion, and a staunch supporter of democratic ideals.”

They continued, “She fervently believes the United States should positively engage the world community through diplomatic and economic channels, and she supports a robust national defense that supports such democratic ideals.”

“At a time of uncertainty here at home – and across the globe – about the stability of our democracy and our national security, I am building a coalition of Republicans and Democrats in Congress to keep our country safe,” said Spanberger. “I am honored to earn the endorsement of these decorated public servants, who recognize the importance of a tough, smart national security strategy. As a former CIA case officer, I am committed to understanding and responding to the threats we face as a nation — and I am grateful for the support of these dedicated men and women as I continue these efforts.”

Click here to read the full endorsement and the full list of signatories.

BACKGROUND

Spanberger serves on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she is focused on bolstering U.S. global leadership, standing strong in the face of aggression from Russia and China, and prioritizing relationships with America’s allies and security partners.

In Congress, Spanberger has led several efforts focused on boosting America’s national security and preparing for future threats. In 2020, former President Trump signed into law her Secure 5G and Beyond Act — a bipartisan law focused on protecting America’s 5G networks from foreign-based cyberthreats. And earlier this year, President Biden signed Spanberger’s Better Cybercrime Metrics Act into law. This bipartisan legislation provides law enforcement with cutting-edge tools and resources to prevent, detect, and intercept cyberattacks directed at the American people and American companies.

Spanberger also has a demonstrated record of supporting Virginia’s veterans and military families. cosponsored and voted with a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House for the Honoring our PACT Act, which is legislation recently signed into law that will provide healthcare benefits to toxic-exposed Veterans.

Earlier this year, Spanberger was ranked the most bipartisan Member of Congress from Virginia and one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress overall.

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