Kentucky 6th District Congressional Candidate
Service: U.S. Marine Corps
When Amy McGrath was 12 years old, she fell in love with military fighter jets. Wondering why there were no women flying, Amy discovered there was a federal law in the U.S. prohibiting women from serving in combat roles. Amy began writing letters to members of Congress advocating for change to remove the restriction on women and wrote every member of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. During her senior year of high school, the combat exclusion law was lifted.
Amy attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Political Science. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she went on to complete flight school and reported to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA as an F/A-18D Hornet Weapons Systems Officer. She then completed a tour in Iraq, becoming the first female marine to fly in an F-18 on a combat mission.
In 2009, Amy married U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Erik Henderson and both were later deployed to Afghanistan. They now have three children. In 2011, Amy was assigned to Washington D.C. as a Marine Corps Congressional Fellow, serving as defense and foreign affairs policy advisor to Rep. Susan Davis of San Diego. She then served in the Pentagon as the Marine Corps’ liaison. Having reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Amy’s last assignment was teaching at the U.S. Naval Academy. Amy retired from the Marine Corps on June 1, 2017 after 20 years.