Amy Melinda McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell (R) to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate. McGrath, born June 3, 1975, is a former Marine fighter pilot and was the first woman to fly a combat mission for the Marine Corps, as well as the first to pilot the F/A-18 on a combat mission. During her 20 years of service in the Marine Corps, McGrath flew 89 combat missions against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Toward the end of her service, McGrath worked domestically as a political adviser, a liaison officer, and an instructor at the United States Naval Academy.
McGrath supports the Affordable Care Act and all efforts to preserve and improve it. She supports addressing climate change and has called it "a fact," and said it "disrupts the environment" and harms the economy. McGrath has stated her support for the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms, noting she "went to combat with a 9 millimeter strapped to my chest and a 20 millimeter cannon on the front of my jet." She favors stronger background checks on firearm sales, as well as "banning sales to those on terror watch lists and continuing federal research on the gun violence epidemic".
According to the latest polls, Amy currently trails Mitch McConnell by 5 percentage points.