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Mary Jennings Hegar

Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar

Born March 16, 1976
Fairfield, Connecticut
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Brandon Hegar
Children Two
Alma mater University of Texas
Occupation Air Force veteran, teacher

Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1999 – 2011
Rank Major

Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar (born March 16, 1976 (age 47) (pronounced "HAY GAR") is a U.S. Air Force veteran who ran for the United States Senate from Texas in the 2020 elections to unseat three-term Moderate Republican incumbent John Cornyn. A liberal Democrat, her campaign received the backing of ActBlue,[1] a dark money group.

2020 Senate bid

See: 2020 United States Senate election in Texas

Hegar announced in late April 2019 her run for U.S. Senate to challenge Republican John Cornyn.[2] The Senate campaign wing of the Democrat establishment backed her in December 2019 over all other Democrat candidates in the race,[3] sparking strong criticisms that the primary, as well as several others related to the 2020 Senate elections, was being rigged to destroy the chances of black candidates, including West.[4] After no candidate initially won a majority of the vote, Hegar proceeded to won the primary runoff,[5] and faced Cornyn in the general election. West, who said that Hegar "had a problem all along" with black voters,[6] announced that he would not vote for her in the general election;[7] this was pointed out in a campaign ad by Cornyn, who contrasted his support for reforms in the police and criminal justice systems to Hegar being out-of-touch and "wrong for Texas".[8]

According to Hegar, U.S. border policies are comparable to Chinese concentration camps.[9]

As was mostly expected, Hegar lost the general election to Cornyn despite being heavily backed by liberal donors.[10]


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