Maryland, 1st District

Jesse is a fourth-generation Marylander who served four tours of duty in Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Ranger.

Jesse's call to service begins on 9/11. He was a senior in high school and met with military recruiters that week. But his parents encouraged him to pursue his education first, so he went to college, studied Arabic, and spent a semester in Egypt.

After graduating from Duke University, Jesse moved to Syria to teach English to Iraqi refugees and Syrians hoping to study in American universities.

He served six years as an Army intelligence officer, completing four combat deployments to Afghanistan and a year forward-stationed near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea. As a Ranger in Afghanistan, Jesse led intelligence teams whose work facilitated capture/kill missions of Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist leaders.

After the military, Jesse utilized the GI Bill to obtain a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and went about adapting his leadership, analytical, and relationship-building skills to the business sector. For Control Risks Group, he advised on mergers and acquisitions. For Barclays Capital, he helped the bank root out instances of bank employees engaging in illicit or illegal activity. Then at Toffler Associates, he helped business leaders identify opportunities to create new jobs.

Jesse's wife, Jordan, recently gave birth to their first son, Coleman. They are an unusual couple in this era of vitriolic partisan politics: Jesse is a Democrat, and Jordan is a Republican.