The Honorable Michael Waltz
U.S. House of Representatives (FL)
30th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition
Michael George Glen Waltz is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Waltz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies at the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve.
A retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer, Michael Waltz is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and is the first Green Beret ever elected to the United States Congress. Before his election to Congress, Waltz served in a senior role at the Pentagon as Director for Afghanistan policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, served as a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism in the George W. Bush White House, was co-founder and partner at Askari Associates, LLC, and was president of Metis Solutions. Mike is a member of the Republican Party and is a FOX News contributor, providing expert commentary on foreign policy and defense issues, and has also appeared frequently on CNN, MSNBC, BBC World News, and PBS Frontline.
In 2018, Waltz ran in the 2018 election to succeed Ron DeSantis. Waltz won the election over Democrat Nancy Soderberg and was sworn in to the 116th congress on January 3rd, 2019.