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Meet Major Dave Hughes


In 2016, we elected President Trump because we believed in his vision to Make America Great Again. He won in a historic way and western Minnesota unequivocally supports his agenda to Keep America Great.


In 2018, I was proud to be endorsed by President Trump, and I am ready again to campaign across all 38 counties of this district to re-elect President Trump and turn this congressional district red for the first time since 1991. Trump won this district in 2016, by more than thirty points. The 7th district wants an outsider, a battle-tested veteran and supporter of the President to be their next representative in Congress.

I will be a champion for Conservative policies to rein in our federal spending, reduce the debt, remove the government bureaucrats from our healthcare decisions, defend our 2ndAmendment rights, be a voice for the pro-life movement, protect our family farms and ranches and allow the free markets to rule again.


Dave lives in Karlstad, Minnesota with his wife, Amanda, and their 7 children.

Dave Hughes is a 21 year veteran of the United States Air Force. He currently works for General Atomics as an MQ-9 UAS (Drone) Instructor Pilot, flying operational missions guarding both our northern and southern borders and training US Customs and Border Protection aircrews.

After receiving a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Dave began his active duty service in the United States Air Force. He first worked in space weapon system acquisition. He then became a pilot, and flew the KC-135 Stratotanker, the C-21 Learjet, and the MQ-9 Reaper UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). During his career, Dave was deployed to combat zones seven times, participating in Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, and Iraqi Freedom. He worked in Saudi Arabia to enforce the no-fly zone in southern Iraq and in Turkey to enforce the no-fly zone in northern Iraq.

Dave flew missions from Spain and Italy during the brief war with Serbia in 1999. Dave also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, where he performed surface-to-air fire incident analysis for all of Iraq for the American General in charge and helped Iraqi national political leaders rebuild their national agriculture programs. Dave was again called to serve in Iraq as a lead judge to interview detainees, assess if they were a threat to Coalition Forces, and recommend either release or further detention. Dave Hughes retired after 21 years of service as a Major with numerous awards and decorations having top secret security clearance.