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Contact: Carolyn Machado

Political Director 

September 5, 2023


Marine Veteran worked Alongside Chairman Jack Bergman

Washington, DC–Congressman Jack Bergman, MI-1, Chairman of the Guardian Fund, and the highest-ranking combat veteran to serve in Congress, is thrilled to announce the endorsement of his friend and former veteran colleague Gerry Leonard in the special election for Rhode Island’s First Congressional District.  

“As a Marine, Gerry put that Marine on his left and right first – as the next Congressman for Rhode Island’s First District – I’m convinced he will put principles over politics and put his constituents FIRST. Gerry Leonard is a man of integrity and brings a unique perspective that will serve Rhode Islanders in Washington D.C.,” said Congressman Jack Bergman.

“Receiving Congressman Bergman’s endorsement is an absolute honor,” said Leonard.  “Having served in Lieutenant General Bregman’s command from 2006-2008, I witnessed his commitment, character, and leadership first-hand.”

Congressman Bergman will visit Rhode Island in September to host an event and deliver both his and the Guardian Fund’s endorsement in person.

The purpose of the Guardian Fund is to promote veteran leaders who we believe will successfully restore our great country back to the constitutional republic established by our founding fathers.

The United States deserves to be led by individuals who not only understand our military, but by those who have sworn an oath to be a part it. Forty years ago, 72 percent of lawmakers in the US House and 78 percent of those in the US Senate honorably served in the armed forces. We need servicemen and women to safely lead us through the challenges on the 21st century battlefield and to represent this country on the world stage.  

Guardian Fund is a political action committee established in 2012 by Lt. Col. Allen West. The current Chairman is Congressman Jack Bergman, MI-1. The Guardian Fund has assisted in the elections of 200 veteran and minority candidates nationwide since its inception.