Always striving to lead, the United States Military Academy honed Jared's leadership skills and instilled the values of “Duty, Honor, Country.” His experiences leading our nation’s very finest helped him to become the kind of leader needed now more than ever in Washington. Jared Thomas is a fighter willing to continue taking the kind of strong, principled stands required by Hoosiers and by our nation’s veterans and military members. Jared intends to fight for the conservative principles that have long made America the “shining city on a hill” that Ronald Reagan immortalized.
At the young age of 12, Jared knew that he would spend a lifetime serving our nation. Sitting in a lawn chair, glued to a 14-inch television, he watched the horror that took place at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th, 2001. That day shook the nation to its core, and that’s when his entire life changed. He felt God’s call to serve.
Born in Indianapolis, Jared attended William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he played football, soccer, and golf. Competing against some of Indiana’s brightest to gain admission to West Point, he earned nominations from Representative Steve Buyer (IN-4) and Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. Jared went on to graduate from West Point with a degree in American Politics.
Immediately following his graduation, Jared accepted a commission as a cavalry officer in the United States Army. Jared spent a year at Fort Benning, Georgia before serving for four years at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a proud member of the historic 101st Airborne Division. Jared deployed to Northern Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, where he received the Bronze Star Medal for his efforts in tackling the complex issue of ISIS-controlled drones. Jared was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Captain and returned immediately to West Lafayette, Indiana.
The Book of Esther implores us not to ignore God’s call for our life. Regardless of the situation we find ourselves in, we have “come to that place for such a time as this.” In a time of increasing political divide and moral turmoil, proven leadership is required. Jared Thomas has made it a point throughout his entire life to remember that--regardless of the situation he finds himself in--God intends to use his skills and his passions "for such a time as this.”