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Rep. Luria's pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test

Elaine Luria
Posted at 3:21 PM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 15:21:57-04

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria has built a reputation as pro-military and proudly moderate in one of the nation's most Navy- and Defense Department-dependent swing districts.

But she's also agreed to join a House committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which could raise uncomfortable questions about links between the military and extremist groups and test her centrist credentials.

Luria, a 20-year Navy veteran and nuclear-trained surface warfare officer, insists the committee can stay bipartisan.

But with the prospects of a close midterm election battle next year already looming, the political blowback could still have a lasting effect.

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