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Amy McGrath
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McGrath in 2019
Personal details
Born June 3, 1975 (1975-06-03) (age 46)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic (2017–present)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (before 2017)
Spouse(s)
Erik Henderson (m. 2009)
Children 3
Education United States Naval Academy (BS)
Johns Hopkins University (MA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1997–2017
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Awards
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Strike Flight Air Medal (8)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Iraq Campaign medal
  • Afghan Campaign Medal (2)

Amy M. McGrath (born June 3, 1975) is an American politician and former Marine fighter pilot. During her 20 years of service in the Marine Corps, McGrath flew 89 combat missions against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

McGrath was the first woman to fly a combat mission for the Marine Corps, as well as the first to pilot the F/A-18 on a combat mission.

Following her retirement from military service in 2017, McGrath entered politics. She was the Democratic nominee for Kentucky's 6th congressional district in the 2018 election, narrowly losing to incumbent Republican Andy Barr.

In July 2019, she announced her campaign to run for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in the 2020 election against incumbent Mitch McConnell. In June 2020, she won the Democratic nomination. However, she lost the general election to McConnell.

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