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Richard Ojeda
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Member of the West Virginia Senate
from the 7th district
In office
December 1, 2016 – January 14, 2019
Preceded by Art Kirkendoll
Succeeded by Paul Hardesty
Personal details
Born
Richard Neece Ojeda II

September 25, 1970 (1970-09-25) (age 49)
Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kelly Ojeda
Children 2
Education West Virginia State University (BA)
Webster University (MBA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1988–2013
Rank US-O4 insignia.svg Major
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)

Richard Neece Ojeda II (/ˈɛdə/; born September 25, 1970) is an American politician and retired U.S. Army officer. He was the West Virginia State Senator from the 7th district from 2016 to 2019. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Career

Ojeda was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district in the 2018 election, but lost that election to Republican Carol Miller.

On November 12, 2018, Ojeda announced his candidacy for President of the United States in the 2020 election. On January 26, 2019, Ojeda withdrew from the election.

On January 13, 2020, Ojeda announced his campaign for the United States Senate, challenging incumbent Shelley Moore Capito. However, he lost the nomination to progressive Paula Jean Swearengin.



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