Minot native Daniel Gade wins Virginia Republican U.S. Senate nomination

Minot native Daniel Gade won the Republican Virginia primary on Tuesday. He will challenge incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Warner in the general election in November. Warner is seeking his third term in the Senate.

The Associated Press confirmed Gade’s winning in Tuesday’s election.

Gade prevailed over two Republican opponents, The Hill reported. No statewide Republican has reportedly won in Virginia in more than a decade, according to news reports.

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant and American University professor, Gade graduated from Minot High School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He also has a master’s and doctorate degrees in public administration and policy, according to his biographical information.

During 20 years of military service, he led units in Colorado, Korea and Iraq, where he was decorated for valor and wounded in action twice. Following his second wounding, he spent almost a year in the hospital. He returned to active duty and taught for more than five years at West Point until his retirement in 2017.

Gade, whose right leg was amputated as a result of his second wounding in Iraq, has participated in Iron Man competitions, ridden his bike across America in eight days for Project Red, White and Blue, and participated in the Bush Warrior 100k ride several times.

He served in President George W. Bush’s administration, working on veterans issues and military healthcare, and has since served on several national-level policy councils, including the National Council on Disability and the VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation.

He is now a professor at American University in Washington, D.C.

Gade, his wife, Wendy, and their three children live in Alexandria, Va.

Gade, who spoke at the May 2018 Memorial Day program at Minot’s Rosehill Memorial Park, told the crowd gathered there that day, “I’ve fought and bled and had soldiers killed under my command. Those experiences have shaped who I am and how I think.” At the time, Gade was senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Labor.


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