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Mary Jennings Hegar (née von Stein;[1] born March 16, 1976) is an American politician, Air Force veteran, businesswoman, and teacher.[2] In 2017, she published the memoir Shoot Like a Girl, which describes her service in Afghanistan.[3] She also sued the Air Force to remove the Combat Exclusion Policy.[4][5] In July 2017, she announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for United States House of Representatives to Texas's 31st congressional district. After winning the nomination,[6] she was narrowly defeated by 3% by incumbent Republican John Carter.[7] On April 23, 2019, Hegar announced her intention to challenge incumbent United States Senator John Cornyn in the 2020 election.

When she was 7 years old, Hegar's mother, Grace, moved her and her sister from Fairfield, Connecticut to Cedar Park, Texas.[3]:16 Hegar grew up in Cedar Park,[8] where her mother remarried a Vietnam veteran, David Jennings, when she was 10 years old.[3]:14–15

Hegar attended Faubion Elementary School in Cedar Park and graduated from Leander High School in Leander, Texas.[9] She was class president, was on the cheer squad, and played various sports including soccer.[10]

In 1999, Hegar received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied criminology, sociology, philosophy, and world religions.[1] While an undergraduate, she was Vice Wing Commander of Detachment 825 AFROTC and Deputy Commander, Arnold Air Society. In 2015, she graduated from Leadership Austin Essential Class.[11] In 2016 she received an Executive MBA, also from the University of Texas at Austin.[12]

In December 1999, Hegar was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force through ROTC at the University of Texas. From April 2000 to March 2004, she served on active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. She was initially stationed at Misawa Air Force Base in Misawa, Aomori, in the northern part of the island of Honshū of Japan. She was also stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Missouri, about an hour east-southeast of Kansas City, Missouri. At Whiteman, Hegar worked on the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Her maintenance career culminated in responsibility for 75% of all B-2 maintenance as a Captain and selection as the Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2003.

In 2004, Hegar was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard. Upon completion of her training at the top of her class, she served two deployments to Afghanistan, flying Combat Search and Rescue[13] on over 100 missions[14] as well as Medevac missions as a helicopter pilot.[15][16][17] As a member of the California Air National Guard, she worked as a pilot and trainer at the San Jose, California-based Counterdrug Task Force from 2007 to 2011.

In addition to the deployments to Afghanistan during the Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan, Hegar flew marijuana eradication missions, wildfire suppression with buckets of water on cargo slings, performed pilot duties in evacuating survivors from hurricane-devastated cities, and rescued many civilians on civil search and rescue missions in California and at sea.[3]

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