Representative Walt Blackman is a military combat veteran, policy advocate and father who is running for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. Walt has spent his life serving Arizona, whether in the military, across seven tours of duty, or as a State Representative, where Walt has delivered a record of results for Arizona. Walt won his first election for State Representative in 2018 in the Sixth Legislative District. With his election win, Walt is the first Republican African American in the history of Arizona elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. He was re-elected to a second term in 2020.
Walt served in the United States Army for nearly 22 years as a Front-Line Tank Commander. He earned a Bronze Star for combat action in Iraq, as well as a Meritorious Service Medal. He served seven tours of duty in some of the most dangerous battlefields on Earth, including Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, where he fought in the Second Battle of Fallujah, the bloodiest battle in the Iraq War.
Walt has served with success and excellence in the 54th and 55th Legislatures. Walt is a fervent advocate of the 2nd Amendment, protecting life, health care issues, prison reform, and education funding. Walt’s honorable recognitions include the 18 for 2018 National Statewide Midterm Election as an up-and-coming political star. Walt was awarded the Freshmen Rookie of the year in the 2019 54th Legislative Session, Up and Coming Conservative Legislator, and recently recognized as Best of the Best at the Capitol; 2020 Best Political Rising Star.
Walt resides in Snowflake, Arizona with his wife and five children.