Doug Gains Support of Senator Sam Nunn

October 29, 2010

Contact: Martha Kiel


Norcross, Ga. – Senator Sam Nunn has thrown his support behind Democrat Doug Heckman’s bid for the U.S. Congress in Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District.

Heckman said, “I have sought only one endorsement in my campaign for Congress – that of Senator Sam Nunn. He is the model for statesmanship and nonpartisan politics that I seek to emulate. Having his support means the world to me as I try to bring more balanced representation and leadership to the U.S. Congress. My opponent, Rob Woodall, was the Chief of Staff for an incumbent that was one of 8 Congressmen (out of 435) that voted against EVERY bill to improve our economy. That is partisan politics at its most extreme.”

Senator Nunn told Heckman, “Washington needs more representatives with your military background, business experience and dedication to public service. We also need more representatives who seek common sense solutions to the important challenges facing our nation by bringing people together rather than by dividing them through partisan politics.”

Sam Nunn represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 1972 through 1996. A conservative Democrat, he served as one of the Senate’s most influential leaders, particularly during his term as chairman (1987–96) of the Armed Services Committee. Upon his exit from the Senate, Nunn received praise from Democrats and Republicans alike; Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia concluded that “Senator Nunn quickly established himself as one of the leading experts in the Congress and, indeed, all of the United States on national security and foreign policy.” He has gone on to establish The Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization where people with different ideological views are working together on global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Doug Heckman, a graduate of West Point and a Duke MBA, has served for 29 years in the Army, both active duty and reserves. He has worked in various leadership positions while stationed in places such as Ft Bragg, Germany, Central America, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently a Special Forces Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Heckman also has held executive positions in the financial services industry. Doug Heckman has actually lived in the 7th District for 20 years and believes that citizens here should be well-represented by a neighbor and a peer, speaking on their behalf from the shared experience of living in the same community.