Owasso – Andy Coleman is pleased to announce his candidacy for U.S. Congress, to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. The district is currently represented by Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who previously announced his intention not to seek reelection following the current term.

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. This sensitive work required Coleman 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,” conceded Coleman. He and Liz have been married fourteen years and are blessed with three wonderful children. You can learn more about Andy Coleman and his campaign by visiting www.AndyColeman.org.

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