Full Name: Krystle Kaul

Nick Names: 

 

Office Sought: House of Representatives, 10th Congressional District of Virginia

 

Party Affiliation: Democrat

 

 

Campaign Website: https://kaulforcongress.com/

Campaign POC: Unavailable

Phone Number: 703-910-1547

Campaign Email:
info@krystleforcongress.com

Structured Interview Request Sent: Refused 2024.

Structured Interview Response and Date: Refused.

Vetting Panel Selected: Refused

Structured Interview Completed: Refused

Biography: I’m Krystle Kaul. I’m not a politician, I’m a defense tech small business owner, a teacher and a former senior defense official. I’m running for Congress because I believe our district deserves someone who has the energy, experience and courage to confront the challenges we face, head-on. I’m a minority woman entrepreneur, a second-generation, Indian American, a defense contractor and someone who has spent their career protecting our country. I have lived many of the challenges our country and Northern Virginia families face. I will fight to protect our reproductive health freedoms which are under attack. I will fight to ensure gun safety to keep our schools and communities safe. And, I will fight MAGA extremists who threaten our democracy. As your next congresswoman, I will fight to ensure the same opportunities that enabled my immigrant grandparents to achieve their American dream remain accessible to all. I will fight for the small business owners fueling our local economy. I will fight for livable wages for our families. And, I will always fight against any legislation that attacks our freedoms or enemies that threaten our way of life.

The granddaughter of immigrants, Krystle knows firsthand the power of the American dream. She is a proud Indian American with Kashmiri and Punjabi roots and practices both Hinduism and Sikhism.

When her grandfather arrived in the United States, he came with a dream for a better life. So he got a job as an insurance agent and through hard work and perseverance, he built a great life for his family in NY.

Krystle has spent her life protecting the country that welcomed her grandparents with open arms. From US Central Command to the Pentagon with regional expertise from the Middle East to South Asia, Krystle has stood up for her country where the threats are greatest and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

A national leader in the defense and intelligence community, she has championed global counter-terrorism. Krystle served as a Director (GS-15) of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency at Department of Defense, the Director of Strategic Communications of the U.S. Air Force for General Dynamics Information Technology, and as an Intelligence Political-Military Expert at U.S. Central Command.

She has traveled to 71 countries, and speaks nine languages including Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi, Italian, Dari and Kashmiri. She participated in 12 foreign policy fellowships and 7 security delegations. She also holds an active Top Secret/SCI security clearance with polygraph.

Within a year of Donald Trump taking office, Secretary of Defense General Mattis resigned and Krystle also left her position shortly thereafter.

Determined to continue to make a difference, she opened a small business that assists 8(a) firms, disabled veteran and women-owned businesses, as well as medium to large companies, including McKinsey, Bain and Bank of New York Mellon in helping them to apply their technology solutions to safeguard the U.S. Committed to help U.S. manufacturing, Krystle helped to lead the Chips Act task force at Intel Corporation and collaborated with Lockheed Martin and small businesses to promote manufacturing jobs for Americans. Additionally, she teaches a course at MIT’s MBA Executive Program through 2U.

A national leader in the defense and intelligence communities, a small business owner and a teacher, Krystle understands the daily struggles of the people of VA-10. She is running to keep America safe in a world that gets more dangerous every day, and to make sure the next generation of Virginians has the same opportunities her grandfather did, growing up in a country where everyone, no matter who you are or what you look like, has the chance to make a good living, raise a family, and create an American dream of their own.

Krystle graduated with a B.A. from American University and M.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Brown University where she was working on her Ph.D in Political Science.

She lives in Ashburn, VA, and loves baking, rollerblading and spending quality time with her family and friends. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

 

Why you? Refused to answer.

What are your priorities? 

Abortion Rights

In a time when reproductive rights are under attack, Krystle Kaul will be a leader in fighting back against extremists who want to make decisions about other peoples’ bodies. In Congress, Kaul will fight to codify Roe v. Wade to protect abortion rights nationwide and oppose any legislation that limits a person’s right to reproductive freedom or restricts access to abortion. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Common Sense Gun Safety Laws

Our children should feel safe at school and Americans should feel safe at the grocery store or mall. Krystle Kaul is fed up with politicians putting politics ahead of solutions. Kaul will work for common sense laws, such as banning the sale of high-capacity magazines and assault weapons used in mass shootings and closing the loophole that allows people who have committed dating violence to have guns. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Standing Against MAGA Extremism

Krystle Kaul will always stand up to extremist MAGA Republicans. When Trump put our national security at risk, she resigned from the Department of Defense along with then-Defense Secretary Mattis to protest the corruption and chaos. Kaul is not afraid to speak truth to power to defend our country and protect democracy. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

National Security

For more than two decades, Krystle has worked to protect America and the promise of the American Dream for all who live here.
She’ll continue to stand up for American values and the safety and security of our families. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Women’s Rights

Krystle is a fierce defender of women’s reproductive freedoms and will fight to ensure women have access to the quality care and support they need to make the decisions that are best for them and their families, without government interference.

She’ll also support legislation to combat violence against women, close the wage gap, reduce inequities, and increase services for maternal health care. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Economy & Jobs

Krystle understands that a thriving economy is critical to Americans’ ability to participate in a strong workforce and provide for their families.
As a small business owner, she’ll work to advance legislation that supports businesses, reduces unnecessary regulatory burdens, grows opportunities for entrepreneurs, creates good jobs, and keeps costs low for working families. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Energy & the Environment

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to not just the health of our people and planet, but also our economy and our national security.
Krystle will support the expansion of clean energy jobs, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the protection of our natural resources. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Health Care

Health care is a human right and Krystle will always fight for access to affordable care that prioritizes the well-being of every American, including measures to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, expand access to quality services, and ensure that no one has to choose between their health and their financial security. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Education

Krystle knows that quality education is the cornerstone of a thriving society. She is committed to supporting policies that invest in our schools, teachers, and students, and to ensuring both our educators and kids are safe in their classrooms. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

Krystle Kaul is dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ rights, striving to eliminate discrimination and promote equality across all areas of society. She commits to safeguarding protections in employment, housing, and public life, ensuring that LGBTQ+ individuals can live without fear. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Protecting Senior Citizens

Krystle Kaul prioritizes the security of senior citizens by defending and enhancing Social Security and Medicare. She opposes privatization efforts and supports measures to reduce healthcare costs, ensuring seniors can enjoy a dignified retirement. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Endorsements: No endorsements listed on website.

Education: Krystle graduated with a B.A. from American University and M.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Brown University where she was working on her Ph.D in Political Science. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Relevant Employment History: See biography above.


Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge:
No mention of military service however strong civilian background supporting the Department of Defense. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

Past Offices Held and Tenure: No mention of political offices held. 

Community Service: See biography above.

Leadership Experience: See biography above.

Personal Strengths: Refused to answer. 

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? Refused to answer.

How would your friends and family describe you? Refused to answer.
 

What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? Refused to answer. No reference to the US Constitution on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

    

What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Refused to answer. No reference to religious liberty on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

    

What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? Refused to answer. No reference to the preservation of history on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thought on government transparency? Refused to answer. No reference to government transparency on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on national defense? Refused to answer. Professes support of national defense and veterans. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? Refused to answer. Professes values contrary to the values of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. No reference to the free enterprise system on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? Refused to answer. Professes values strongly contrary to the values of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? Refused to answer. No reference to the role or importance of the family  on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? Refused to answer. Professes values contrary to the values of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. No reference to equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes on website. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? Refused to answer. Professes values strongly contrary to the values of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Sources: https://kaulforcongress.com/)

  

Additional sources of information on this candidate: 

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/krystleforcongress/

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/krystle-kaul/

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