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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 8

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Jeremy Staat

2,288 votes (1.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Veteran Advocacy and streamlining the VA healthcare system for our Veterans. I am a third generation Veteran and I am sick and tired of seeing our Veterans treated like second class citizens next to politicians and non-citizens.
  • 2nd Amendment and ensuring that our rights and liberties to bear arms is not encroached upon...anymore than they are already being encroached upon.
  • Boarder Security, ensuring our border security through effective and efficient initiatives.



Profession:Professor/Veteran/ retired NFL player
Professor, Kern Community College District (2014–current)


Liberty University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Current student), Educational Leadership (current)
Liberty University Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), Educational Leadership (2018)
Liberty University Master of Arts (M.A.), Educational Leadership (2016)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Liberal Studies (2009)
Bakersfield College Associates of Arts (A.A.), Criminal Justice (1996)

Community Activities

Corporal (E-4), United States Marine Corps (2005–2009)


Jeremy grew up in California, the middle child of three, to a stay-at-home mother and a Vietnam veteran father. Jeremy excelled in both football and track and field, lettering seven times total. He once earned Athlete of the Year, Most Valuable Player and eventually was inducted into his high school’s football Hall of Fame. He continued his education at a local community college, where he earned an associate degree in criminal justice and again excelled in two sports and was later inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame.


Always dreaming bigger dreams, Jeremy pursued a four-year degree and a D-1 athletic career at Arizona State University, where he made football his sole athletic focus. There, he won individual honors and competed for a national championship in the 1997 Rose Bowl. Unfortunately, the SunDevils came up short to the Ohio State Buckeyes and ended the season ranked #4 in the country. As disappointing as the loss was for him, it still stands as the apex of ASU football, and his performance helped him get the attention of the Pittsburgh Steelers, which drafted him a year later in the second round of the National Football League draft.


Jeremy played four seasons in the NFL with four teams, the Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks, the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders. But after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, he felt a calling to defend his country and he joined the Marines. He served four years in the Marine Corps, including a nine-month tour in Iraq. His military career was cut short with injury.


Returning to California, Jeremy found another calling in helping others. He began devoting his time to local charities serving veterans, as well as speaking at more than 150 schools, inspiring students. To raise awareness nationally of the epidemic of veteran suicide, he embarked on a 3,468-mile cross country bicycle ride that started in California and ended at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.


Jeremy developed a passion for teaching and welding and combined the two by teaching welding at his former community college. He continues to teach and is pursing a Doctorate in Education from Liberty University. He and his wife, Janelle, have two sons, Tristen and Gavin. He is a devout Christian. 


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $125,279

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Ariel Corporation
Employees of Superior Truck Supply
Employees of Phillips, Orvella E.
Employees of FedEx
Employees of Perricone Investments

More information about contributions

By State:

California 51.83%
Virginia 9.26%
Ohio 8.65%
Georgia 5.02%
Other 25.24%

By Size:

Large contributions (67.15%)
Small contributions (32.85%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jeremy is focusing on strong leadership, putting America first, and fighting against aggressive, socialist policies that have hurt California and the country as a whole.


“President Trump is under fire on a daily basis. The President alone can’t change Washington; he needs back up. Send in the Marine, Staat. I promise to always put American citizens first, prioritize national security and protect our freedom, and workers,” said Staat.


"I salute the flag, and I’ll always stand for the national anthem, and I’ll never back down from a challenge,” Jeremy Staat. 

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