Featured Member of the Week: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, from the Land of Lincoln, was sworn into the United States House of Representative in January 2011. He is a former U.S. Air Force pilot, and now a Major in the Illinois Air National Guard. Mr. Kinzinger has flown missions in South America, Guam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Kinzinger serves on the Energy & Commerce and Foreign Affairs Committees. Strengthening U.S. energy policy and making our nation less reliant on foreign resources is one of his top priorities.

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Kinzinger also serves as a Deputy Republican Whip. At the age of 36, he is one of the youngest Members of Congress which merited his inclusion as one of Time’s 40 under 40 “Rising stars in American politics.

In 2007, he received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a young woman whom was violently attacked in Downtown Miluwakee.  Kinzinger wrestled the knife away from the attacker and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived. He was also awarded the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.

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Learn more about his story here.