Looking to join the ranks of two other former members of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams to infiltrate the halls of the U.S. Congress, Houston, Texas-based former Naval officer Daniel Crenshaw does not necessarily look the part of a staid, buttoned-down politician.  In fact, rarely ever do you see eyepatch-sporting, facial hair sprouting, necktie-less men cruising around the Capitol Building.

And yet, Crenshaw (pictured above, with eyepatch) is looking to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican congressman Ted Poe in Texas’ second district.  According to his campaign website, the former Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander (O-4) is a sixth generation Texan, speaks fluent Spanish, and received his commission into the U.S. Navy via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at Tufts University.

Crenshaw earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs, as well as a minor in Physics, while at Tufts.  He was interviewed by the Tufts Daily back in 2006 before graduating and shipping off to SEAL training.  He told the college newspaper that he had wanted to be in the Navy “for a long time.”

Crenshaw went on to graduate from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and was assigned to SEAL Team Three on the U.S. West Coast.  He made five overseas deployments as a SEAL, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.  In the latter, he lost his right eye in an IED explosion in Helmand Province.