Richard Ojeda

Richard Ojeda DEMDemocrat

American politician and retired U.S. Army officer

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Richard OjedaDEMDemocrat American politician and retired U.S. Army officer
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Richard Neece Ojeda II (oh-JED-ə; born October 25, 1970) is an American politician and retired United States Army major who served in the West Virginia Senate representing the 7th district from 2016 until 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he ran a brief campaign for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Raised in Logan, West Virginia, Ojeda graduated from West Virginia State University and Webster University. He initially joined the United States Army as an enlisted soldier and went through officer training after finishing college. During his 25 years in the military, Ojeda earned two Bronze Star Medals and rose to the rank of major. After retiring, he initially worked as a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps teacher before running for office. Ojeda was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016. He received national attention when he became a vocal supporter of the 2018 teachers' strike and advocated for the legalization of cannabis in West Virginia. In November 2018, Ojeda announced his candidacy for president in the 2020 election, but he dropped out in January 2019 when his campaign failed to gain traction. In January 2020, Ojeda announced he would instead challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito in the 2020 election, but he failed to secure the Democratic nomination in the primary.

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Lawyers/Law Firms$192,898
Securities & Investment$173,809
Leadership PACs$103,703
Non-Profit Institutions$67,954
Electronics Mfg & Equip$61,405
Real Estate$60,899
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Education5 - 5 of 3
Command General Staff College
2008 - 2009
Weber University
MA Business and Organizational Security
West Virginia State University
BA General Education
1993 - 1997
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
West Virginia State Senate
2016 - 2019
Future Majority
2019 - Current
2019 - Current
Senior Military Instructor
Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program, Chapmanville Regional High School
2013 - 2017
United States Army
1990 - 2014
Other Experience1 - 6 of 6
Logan Empowerment Action and Development (LEAD) Community Organization
2011 - 2016
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, West Virginia State Senate
Former Member
Energy, Industry and Mining Committee, West Virginia State Senate
Former Member
Military Committee, West Virginia State Senate
Former Member
Workforce Committee, West Virginia State Senate
Former Member
Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, West Virginia State Senate