Empowering democracy for ‘regular folks’

Huron, S.D. – Bengs spent a significant amount of his life in the military, joining the Navy immediately after graduating from high school in Iowa. After military service, he received a degree in history from Iowa State University and got his law degree from the University of Iowa. That led to a 19-year career with the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps traveling across the world. “I spent my entire Air Force career trying not to be in D.C.,” Bengs joked. “I spent my entire life in small towns and the idea of moving there is not exactly appealing, but if that’s where the work is, that’s where I’ll have to go!”

The events of January 6 mobilized the political ambitions of the career military man, who says that he still has a “sense of duty” to the country. “If you’d have asked me 10 years ago if something like that was possible in the United States, I’d have said you were crazy,” Bengs explained. “I’ve got this lingering sense of duty and feel that somebody should do something. I’m somebody, and I think I could be of value.” Read the full article here.