Marine Veteran Announces Bid for Second District Congressional Seat

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Marine Veteran Announces Bid for Second District Congressional Seat
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Leavenworth, Kansas – January 16, 2018 – Marine Veteran and Republican, Tyler Tannahill, announced today his campaign for the Kansas second district congressional seat currently held by Lynn Jenkins.

“At 17, I joined The Marines out of a sense of duty to my country,” said Tannahill. “Today I announce a campaign for the Republican nomination for the same reason – a duty to serve and to defend our way of life.”

Tannahill joined the Marine Corps after the 9/11 attacks, serving as a squad leader at the age of 20 in Barwanah (near Haditha), Iraq. He also served as a point man in Northeast Afghanistan in Kunar Province and the Korengal valley.

“Making life and death decisions as a squad leader really shaped who I am as a leader today. It wasn’t only my life that would be affected by my choices, but the lives of my brothers in arms as well,” said Tannahill. “Though I no longer wear the uniform, the ability to make decisions under pressure, combat hostile situations, and lead during times of need has not left me. I look forward to serving my constituents at home with the same passion and fortitude that I served my fellow Marines overseas.

After his military service, Tannahill continued to serve as an advocate for veterans, appearing on Fox News and participating in hundreds of meetings with members of congress discussing backlogs at the Veterans Administration and the poor quality of care offered veterans at their facilities. He serves on Congressman Kevin Yoder’s Military & Veteran Advisory Board, and worked in Washington, D.C. as an intern in the office of Kansas Senator Jerry Moran.

“Speaking out on behalf of veterans, I learned what it takes to build a coalition,” said Tannahill. “Working for Senator Moran, advising current congressional leaders, I will be ready to serve the people of the second district on day one.”

When tragedy struck close to home, Tannahill continued his service as a volunteer for Team Rubicon. In the hours after the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, Tannahill deployed to conduct search and rescue missions. He also participated in post-tornado recovery missions in Wichita, Kansas and Harveyville, Kansas.

“My campaign is based on the values I share with the people of the second district, and the values I bring to this position,” said Tannahill. “Integrity, Leadership and Courage will drive this campaign and will guide my decisions as an elected representative.”

It’s something that I’ve provided as both an active duty service member in Afghanistan and Iraq and in DC fighting for Veterans. On my watch, job opportunities will stop being lost to neighboring regions and states, our children’s future will not be jeopardized by the irresponsible spending of career politicians, and your safety will be my number one priority.

You can trust my level of dedication to our region as well as my ability to provide a voice for you on the issues that matter most. My commitment to this mission will never fade, and together we will accomplish our goal of providing a place where our families can succeed. 

My father taught me the meaning of the word, and I learned what it meant first-hand, as a member of the United States Marine Corps. As your Representative, I will serve our region to the best of my ability each and every day, having the courage to allow our priorities and principles to underline my decisions and our success.

Tannahill graduated Kansas State University with a degree in political science. He is the brother of former Kansas State University football and NFL tight end, Travis Tannahill.

“My brother is the famous Tannahill, and I couldn’t be more proud of what he has accomplished,” said Tannahill. “My family is part of the K-State family, and that means a lot to us and to everyone who has had the privilege to experience it.”

Tannahill is a lifelong Republican, committed to the defense of life and our second amendment rights.

“Of all the ranks and titles, my favorite is husband and father,” said Tannahill. “I will be more than a vote, I will be an active advocate for life.”

Serving overseas in areas where individuals are deprived of rights by dictators, Tannahill is a passionate defender of the second amendment.

“I have seen firsthand the dangers of living in a society that is unable to protect itself from a corrupt government,” said Tannahill. “Each individual has the right to protect themselves, their family and their property from hostile individuals and tyranny.”

Tannahill lives in Leavenworth with his wife Luisa, and their newborn son, Zaven. Luisa is a religious refugee from the Soviet Union. Her grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. Luisa is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She is completing her Ph.D. from the University of Houston (ABD).

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Tyler Tannahill was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Marine Corps, the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.