For Immediate Release
February 28, 2023
Media Contact: David Johnson, Strategic Vision PR Group
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Alek Skarlatos Tapped as Oregon State Co-chair for U.S. Term Limits
Salem, OR – Today, U.S. Term Limits announces that Alek Skarlatos has agreed to be the Oregon State Co-chair for U.S. Term Limits. Skarlatos brings a depth of public service to this role. He has seen first-hand the need for term limits at the federal level and the depth of support among Oregonians regardless of political affiliation for congressional term limits. He will work tirelessly in his role as Oregon State Co-chair to see that Oregon adopts a resolution for term limits. Skarlatos is known to millions as the National Guard soldier, who along with three others stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train traveling from Amsterdam in August 2015.
“I am very honored to be serving as the Oregon State Co-chair for U.S. Term Limits,” said Alek Skarlatos. “Now more than ever before, the need for congressional term limits is crystal clear. Polls show that more than 80% of Americans regardless of political party support congressional term limits. Term limits is truly the one issue that unites us all.
“Sadly, serving in Congress has become for many, a lucrative lifelong job rather than a public service,” concluded Skarlatos. “This is part of the reason that the latest Gallup poll showed that only 7% of Americans have faith in Congress. Term limits will help end career politicians, restore public trust, and make Congress work better for all Americans.”
“We are honored to have Alek leading our efforts in Oregon to pass term limits on Congress,” said Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits. “He is a strong leader known globally, who understands the problems within Congress and the need for term limits. Under his guidance, I am confident we will get our term limits resolution passed in Oregon.”
Alek is a former Oregon National Guardsman. He attended both Air Assault School and Sniper School, achieving the rank of Specialist. He completed a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan with the US Army National Guard’s 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2015.
Alek, along with four others, stopped an armed terrorist on a Paris-bound train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015. His heroism earned him several awards and medals around the world including, the United States’ Soldier’s Medal. In addition, he received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and the medal of the City of Arras, France.
After serving with the National Guard for 5 years, Alek left military service in November 2017. Since then, Alek voiced his inspiring experience by authoring 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, A Train, and Three American Heroes describing the events that led up to the attack on the train ride to Paris from Amsterdam. Alek later had the privilege of working with legendary director Clint Eastwood on the film 15:17 to Paris that portrayed the harrowing attack in which Alek starred as himself. He went on to tour the country on public speaking engagements encouraging others to take control of their lives and the importance of duty to the community.
Alek’s experience stretches beyond the military. He was a candidate for Congress in 2022. With a strong belief in service to his community, Alek stays active by advocating for responsible forest management in Western Oregon and the Coast. He lives in Roseburg where he spends his free time hiking and exploring all that Oregon has to offer.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest only national nonprofit organization advocating solely for term limits. Our mission is to improve the quality of government with a citizen legislature that closely reflects its constituency and is responsive to the needs of the people it serves. Find out more at termlimits.org.