Doug Mastriano is a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing District 33. He is the Republican Party candidate running to become the Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2022 US Midterm elections that are scheduled on November 8, 2022.

He assumed office in the State Senate on June 10, 2019, and his current tenure ends on November 2024. 

Doug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s governor elections later this year. The 58-year-old was endorsed by former US President Donald Trump for the primary elections on Tuesday.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker received more than 44% of the total votes cast in the governor’s Republican primaries, securing one of the biggest margins in the ongoing polls.

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Who is Doug Mastriano?

Doug Mastriano currently serves as a state Senator in Pennsylvania and represents the 33rd district. The Republican lawmaker was elected in May 2019, nearly one year after he retired from the United States armed forces.

A resident of Pennsylvania’s Caledonia State Park, Mastriano was commissioned in the United States Army in 1986 and served on the Iron Curtain with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in West Germany.

In his defense career that spans more than three decades, Mastriano was also associated with American missions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

He served four years with NATO and was deployed three times to Afghanistan. Mastriano was the director of NATO’s Joint Intelligence Center in Afghanistan, leading 80 people from 18 nations, his official website says.

Mastriano has also been given various military-related accolades to recognise his service. These include the William E. Colby Award, US Army War College Madigan Award and Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.

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Doug Mastriano’s political career

After serving as a state Senator in Pennsylvania, Mastriano decided to run for the swing state’s governor’s office in the upcoming midterm elections.

The far-right candidate’s political bid was stained by multiple controversies, however, did not stop him for securing the Republican ticket.

Mastriano, on multiple occasions, supported former President Donald Trump’s false claims of electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential polls. He was also present outside the US Capitol complex on January 6, when a violent mob broke inside the building.

The January 6 investigation committee also previously summoned Mastriano to question him about his role in the riots.