Dennis Bartow is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran, entrepreneur, father, husband, and former congressional staffer.
As a soldier with more than 20 years of honorable service, Dennis deployed with the National Guard four times in the war on terrorism. His tours of duty include Iraq, Kuwait, and Kosovo. Dennis currently serves in the Army National Guard as a non-commissioned officer in support of special operations.
Dennis has worked for members of Congress for five years, covering military and veterans affairs, homeland security, foreign policy, education, housing, and other issues as both a constituent case worker and military legislative assistant.
An entrepreneur, Dennis has the private-sector experience our lawmakers too often lack. He founded Bartow Imports, a Virginia-based importing company that distributes wine in 10 U.S. states and several countries. As a small business owner, Dennis can relate to many constituents, and he knows from experience that free enterprise is the key to prosperity. He also helped start Mission Essential (formerly Aegis, Mission Essential Personnel), which provides the majority of the translators to U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Dennis has a B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University and worked full-time during college to help pay for his degree.
Dennis comes from a family dedicated to serving others. Dennis’s father retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel and is a longtime small business owner. Dennis’s grandfather was pastor of several churches in Ohio and also founded the Total Living Center, a multi-faceted ministry that gives people counseling, job hunting assistance, medical care, operates a soup kitchen, and distributes more than $1 million annually in food — all without government funding.
Dennis lives in Alexandria with his wife Ellie and their son Beau.