Chris Queen

The Future Of The Right

Posted on December 21 2010 12:01 am
Chris Queen hails from Covington, GA. Check out his blog, Random Thoughts From The Revolution, and follow him on Twitter.

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6. Adam Kinzinger

Another member of the Congressional freshman class of 2010 with a fascinating story is Adam Kinzinger. At only 32, Kinzinger defeated incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson to represent Illinois’ 11th Congressional district, collecting endorsements from Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Tim Pawlenty along the way. But his political history begins long before this year.

While he was still a student at Illinois State University, Kinzinger ran for and won a seat on the county board. He held the seat until he joined the United States Air Force in 2003. In 2006, he became a hero in a different way when he saved a woman’s life by wrestling her attacker to the ground:

Kinzinger recalls thinking, “This is going to hurt,” as he shoved the man, who lunged toward him and the woman. Kinzinger grabbed the man’s wrist, tossed him to the ground and jumped on top. Kinzinger used his knee to control the man’s hand which held the knife. A passerby ran to a nearby fast-food restaurant to phone police and then helped hold the man. It wasn’t long before they heard a siren approaching.

Another report quoted him as saying:

I knew that this wasn’t something I could wake up to…everyday with that memory that I watched her die.

For his actions, Kinzinger received several awards, including the Red Cross “Hero of the Year” and the Air Force Airman’s Medal and the Valley Forge Cross for Heroism.

Kinzinger advocates a number of classic conservative positions, including support for the Second Amendment, repeal of Obamacare, permanence extension of the Bush tax rates, and defeat of cap-and-trade. With an already long history of public service, a stellar record of heroism, and solid Right-leaning policy, it stands to reason that Kinzinger is primed to have as long as a career in politics as he wants.

Next: A daughter of Indian immigrants rises to prominence.

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