Convincing Veterans To Serve Their Country In The Political Realm

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., center, waves while marching with members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, as they participate in the St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Until now, gay rights groups have been barred by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators each year. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., waves while marching in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade. He was among the first successful candidates backed by New Politics. (Steven Senne/AP)

Over the last four decades, the number of veterans serving in congress has dwindled from 75 percent to under 20 percent.

A Boston-based organization is trying to change that. The group “New Politics” seeks out, nurtures and supports the candidacies of people who have served in the military or in organizations such as the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.


Emily Cherniack, founder and executive director of “New Politics.” She tweets @echerniack.


The Boston Globe: Moulton Seeks Rare Upset Of Fellow Democrat Tierney

  • “Since he eked out reelection two years ago with the whiff of a family gambling scandal still trailing him, US Representative John F. Tierney has become Exhibit A in a familiar political cautionary tale: He showed how hard it is to dislodge a Democrat in Massachusetts.”

Radio Boston: Congressional Conversations: Rep. Moulton On Iran Nuclear Deal, Homegrown Terrorists, First Legislative Victory

  • “As part of our occasional series of conversations with members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, we speak with Rep. Seth Moulton about the accord, the recent arrest of an Adams man accused of plotting a terrorist attack and the passage of his first piece of legislation in the House.”

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