- MJ Hegar, an Air Force combat veteran who lives in Round Rock, Texas, is running for Congress.
- In a now-viral ad, she used the motif of doors to explain why she is running for office on behalf of the Democratic party.
- Hegar said that growing up as the daughter of a single mom in Texas, following her dream of being a pilot meant “opening, pushing, and, sometimes, kicking through every door.”
- After years of training, Hegar became a pilot and eventually served three tours in Afghanistan with the Air Force before getting into a crash, which earned her a Purple Heart.
- Following the crash, she was injured and couldn’t fly anymore. Hegar claims that she was “barred” from her next career choice because of her gender.
- She sued the Pentagon over not only the job she was barred from, but also the ban on women serving in ground combat jobs — and she won.
- But it wasn’t easy. During the lawsuit, Hegar lobbied Congress, but she said people were hesitant to hear from her because she hadn’t donated money.
- After her Congressman John Carter, a Tea Party Republican, refused to meet with her, Hegar decided to run for office.
- Watch the full advertisement below.
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