Colonel Greg Raths, USMC (Ret.), a Mission Viejo Councilman, has earned the endorsement of Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes for California’s 45th Congressional District. Raths is the Republican nominee for the House of Representatives against freshman incumbent Representative Katie Porter (D-Irvine). Located entirely in Orange County, the district has a 1.1% Republican registration advantage.
“As a local mayor, Greg has been a reliable supporter of law enforcement and our efforts to keep Orange County safe,” said Sheriff Barnes. “I support Greg Raths for Congress because he will be a strong advocate for public safety.”
“It is truly an honor to be endorsed by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes,” said Raths. “I am proud of the incredible job our Sheriff and law enforcement personnel are doing to keep our communities safe. As mayor, I ensured the full funding of law enforcement, and crime fell by 27%. I will take that same strong support of public safety to Washington.”
Colonel Greg Raths, USMC (Ret.), is serving his second term on the Mission Viejo City Council and is the City’s former Mayor. A combat decorated fighter pilot, Greg flew 75 combat missions in Iraq, Kuwait, and Somalia flying the F/A-18 Hornet. He was later selected to serve in the prestigious White House Military Office as Chief of Staff. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2004, he flew for Jet Blue Airways as a commercial airline pilot, and then went into business as president of an Orange County company. Greg is the Immediate Past President of the Mission Viejo Rotary Club and a member of the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council.
Greg earned his master’s degree from National Defense University, bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University and Cal State Fullerton, and associate’s degrees from Saddleback College and Phoenix College. Greg moved to Orange County in 1977 when he was assigned to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Married since 1982, Greg and Luci have three children and six grandchildren.
This article was released by Greg Raths for Congress.