Greg Raths – Candidate for U.S. Congress 2014 Orange County 45th D.
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Greg Raths was born and reared in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the fifth of eight children born to Viola and John Raths. Greg attended Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix and went on to graduate from Arizona State University where he earned his Bachelor Degree in Business. He later earned a Master Degree from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Greg has always recognized that education and learning are lifelong pursuits. Putting his beliefs into action, he enrolled at CSUF and earned another Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science.
Greg is a long time homeowner and resident of Mission Viejo. He moved to Orange County in 1978 as a young First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. During the 30 years that he served as a Marine officer and fighter pilot, he became a decorated combat veteran of Desert Storm and went on to command several aircraft units post war, including Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 46 at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. At the time, it was the largest composite air group in the Marine Corps, with over 1,000 personnel and 70 aircraft. During the tragedies of 9/11, Greg was part of the military air support leadership responsible for protecting southern California, to defend against potential further attacks against our homeland.
In October 2004, Greg retired from the Marines at the rank of Colonel. His experience in government includes serving three years in Washington, D.C. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Greg was assigned by the Defense Department to serve under the President of the United States as the Assistant Chief of Staff for The White House Military Office. He worked hand-in-hand with the Military Office’s Chief of Staff, an Air Force Colonel. It was while he was assigned to the White House that he acquired an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how our government and the executive branch can be both effective and ineffective in policy and governing. This unique experience will provide Greg with invaluable insight, skills, and understanding few have while serving in his role as a U.S. Congressman.
After retiring from the Military, Greg flew as a commercial airline pilot followed by an administrative position as president of an automobile parts distribution firm in Anaheim. In 2009, Greg was honored by his high school, Bourgade Catholic, as he was inducted into its Hall of Fame for his outstanding life-time accomplishments.
Greg has been married to his wife Luci for 31 years. They have three children. His son Michael, is the third generation of military aviators in the Raths family and now an accomplished business sales manager for a Fortune 500 company. His daughters, Kristen and Kathryn, are both elementary school teachers with the Irvine Unified School District. Luci is a supervisor for student teachers at the University of California, Irvine.
Greg and Luci recently became grandparents with a second grandchild expected in October. As beautiful as his little granddaughter Julia Kate is, Greg is keenly aware that even before her first birthday, she will be mired in a debt of over $60,120.00, her share of an ever burgeoning national debt that current and past politicians have piled up on future generations. Greg believes that this must stop. As a result, Greg decided to challenge the current “big government” incumbent for his seat in the House. After watching this incumbent vote for TARP, bailout after bailout, then come home and preach limited government, Greg knew that it was time to get back into combat for the future wellbeing of our nation. The incumbent has since announced he will be retiring after his current term, thus opening up CA 45thseat which Greg has chosen to pursue.
Greg Raths is not part of the political status quo that is causing today’s problems in the state of California and Washington, D.C. Greg is beholden to no special interest groups or lobbyists. He is an opportunity conservative who wants to ensure the opportunities he was given in life are available to his children and grandchildren. Greg is a passionate leader and defender of national security, economic growth, and upholding rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. As a U.S. Congressman for California’s 45th Congressional District, Greg will rein in the ever expanding scope of the Federal Government, restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty and transparency, and defend the security, the prosperity, and the liberty of those he represents in the 45th District, and of all citizens of the United States of America.
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