The district includes parts of northern and western Houston. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was wounded in action during his third deployment, losing his right eye to an improvised explosive device. He served as a legislative assistant to Representative Pete Sessions , and was elected to Congress in the midterm election to succeed the retiring Ted Poe. After high school, Crenshaw returned to the United States and attended Tufts University , graduating in with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations. Navy after graduation. Crenshaw served in the Navy SEALs for ten years  and five tours of duty ,  reaching the rank of lieutenant commander.
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Originally from the Houston area, Rep. Dan Crenshaw is a proud 6th generation Texan. From an early age, Dan knew that he wanted to serve his country with the most elite fighting force in history: the U.
Is he referring to Americans who look like him? Is he referring to the status quo? When you separate Americans into regular and not regular and prioritize some, it shows your bias and sows division. So sad. Each of us is an individual, but we are all Americans. When a pandemic has killed over , of us in one year and millions struggle for food, safe housing and jobs, what higher priorities are there than emergency financial aid and a program to vaccinate everyone who is willing? Save lives, get us all back to work. Thank you, President Biden.
African-Americans started migrating to the district in the mid s, and by the early s were the majority. The Crenshaw Boulevard commercial corridor has had many different cultural backgrounds throughout the years,  but it is still "the heart of African American commerce in Los Angeles". There was an area Japanese school called Dai-Ichi Gakuen. Due to a shared sense of being discriminated against, many of the Japanese-Americans had close relationships with the African-American community.