Winstead makes 5th District bid official

Kurt Winstead

Kurt Winstead, an attorney and retired general in the Tennessee National Guard, is the latest Republican candidate to join the open race for the new-look 5th Congressional District.

Winstead joins a field that includes former state House Speaker Beth Harwell, former U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, and music video producer Robby Starbuck.

Here’s the release from the Winstead campaign:

Nashville, Tenn — Brigadier General Kurt Winstead (Ret.) formally announced his candidacy to run for Congress in the newly drawn 5th Congressional District in the Republican Primary.

General Winstead is an eighth generation Tennessean who has lived and worked in the 5th District for over 30 years. Winstead served in the Tennessee National Guard for three decades, including a deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“In the wake of an unprecedented invasion from Russia, now is the time for leaders in Congress who have real experience. We need people who understand our military and have an actual national security background — this is not the time for on the job training,” said Winstead.

Kurt Winstead is a father, successful businessman, servant leader, man of deep faith, and a conservative political outsider who served in the military overseas and represents everything good about America. Kurt, an attorney by trade, and his wife Beth have been married 34 years and chose Middle Tennessee as their home over thirty years ago building their businesses, raising their family, and giving back to their church and community.

“My family taught me the importance of faith, family, and service. I’ve lived those principles my entire life, and I want to bring those same conservative values to Congress. This is a pivotal moment for our country, and we need someone who understands Tennessee values, and someone who actually knows the Middle Tennessee community,” said Winstead.

General Winstead is 100% pro-life, a proud defender of the Second Amendment, and will fight to stop illegal immigration and secure our border.

“We must be put America First. Joe Biden has put our country in its weakest position since the days of the Carter Administration. Inflation is out of control and illegal immigration is our greatest national security threat. It is our responsibility to return America to a place of strength and respect in the world,” said Winstead.

Kurt was raised in Tennessee in a home of educators and farmers who knew the importance of hard work, integrity, and keeping your word. He served for more than thirty years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, including serving as Director of the Joint Staff, Tennessee’s Staff Judge Advocate, and Brigade Command Judge Advocate during Operation Iraqi Freedom III. All of this service to his country while also building a successful law practice in Nashville.

Kurt is a graduate of Centre College and received a law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Kurt and his wife Beth attend St. Matthew Church in Franklin. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters raised and educated in Williamson County.