Owasso – Andy Coleman has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress, to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.
The district is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who previously announced his intention not to seek re-election in 2018.
The Republican primary election for this seat, in which Coleman would compete, is not scheduled until 2018.
“I realize I am announcing extremely early, but I feel the need to do so because of my unique background that has kept me out of the public eye,” Coleman said. “I need more time to introduce myself to the voters and share my message.”
For the last several years, Coleman led all field efforts in the Middle East for The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), a Bartlesville-based Christian ministry that helps persecuted Christians in the world’s most difficult countries.
Coleman said this sensitive work required him to maintain an extremely low profile. He travelled throughout the region 80 to 100 days each year to encourage and equip local Christians facing intense pressure. In his role, Coleman oversaw a portfolio totaling millions of dollars annually, broken out over hundreds of individual field projects.
Before joining VOM, Coleman served in many different capacities. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he double majored in foreign area studies and political science. Upon graduation, Coleman served as a military intelligence officer and focused on threat trends throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with the U.S. Army during the surge of 2007 and 2008.
Apart from his military service, Coleman attended The University of Kansas School of Law. As a law student, he served as an editor on the Law Review, and as a leader of the school’s Christian Legal Society and Federalist Society chapters. He also became a Blackstone Fellow with the Alliance Defense Fund. Coleman briefly entered private legal practice with a large, international law firm, but soon felt himself called into full-time ministry with VOM.
“None of this would have been possible without my wife, Liz,” said Coleman.
Coleman told supporters that he pledged to only serve three terms should he be elected. In explaining his decision to make the pledge, Coleman said it “preserve[s] [his] ability to be as effective a representative and leader for the families of the First District as possible.”
He and Liz have been married fourteen years and have three children. For more information, go to www.AndyColeman.org.