Mary Jennings Hegar was born in 1976. She is challenging Senator John Cornyn in the race for Texas’ Senate seat.

M.J. Hegar is a U.S. Air Force veteran and teacher. M. J. Hegar served on active duty as an aircraft maintenance officer. In 2004, the Air National Guard selected Hegar for pilot training and she served two deployments in Afghanistan, completing over 100 missions. She also worked as a pilot and trainer at the Counterdrug Task Force in San Jose, California. Hegar was awarded the Purple Heart in 2009 and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device in 2011.

Hegar taught at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018, she ran to represent Texas’ 31st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. She won the Democratic nomination, but lost the general election 50.6% to 47.6 against incumbent Rep. John Carter.

The Democratic primary in Texas took place on March 3, 2020. Hegar came first but won less than 50% of the vote. She won the primary runoff which was held on July 14, 2020 with about 52.1% of the vote.

Below is M. J. Hegar’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Hegar supported the nuclear agreement with Iran and criticized the decision of the U.S. administration to pull out. She said that while the deal “wasn’t perfect”, she thought it was “a practical step in the right direction.”

Hegar supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When asked about possible annexation of part of West Bank, she said that unilateral annexation “will destabilize security in the region and irreparably damage the possibility of peace.”

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