Dan Ward was raised in Central Virginia and attended Virginia public schools before graduating from Vanderbilt University on a ROTC scholarship. Dan spent 25 years in the Marine Corps, flying in combat missions over Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and later serving as a senior military advisor at the Department of State, where he was promoted to Colonel and managed operations in Syria and Ukraine. Dan retired from the Corps in 2014 and began flying Boeing 777’s. He lives on a farm in Orange with his wife and two children, where he raises cattle and runs a sawmill repurposing historic lumber.

"I’m running for Congress because serving my community and my country is in my blood. We need new leaders in Washington who are willing to stand up for what’s right, to work hard for all our fellow citizens and to show some civility and common sense."
–Dan Ward