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Soldier who lost leg in Iraq running for Congress in north Alabama

By PAUL GATTIS | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham (Tribune News Service) | Published: May 16, 2017

A former soldier who lost a leg while serving in Iraq has announced plans to run for Congress.

Clayton Hinchman was injured on Mother's Day in 2008 when he stepped on a pressure wire of an improvised explosive device. He also lost his hearing, which has been mostly recovered now through hearing aids.

Hinchman, a native of Angleton, Texas, is running as a Republican for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks - though Brooks on Monday announced his campaign to run for Senate later this year. If that campaign is not successful, Brooks could still seek a fifth term in the House of Representatives next year.

Hinchman is the second candidate to announce for the 2018 congressional race in the last week, preceded by University of North Alabama professor Butler Cain.

Hinchman will formally make his announcement for Congress on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial in downtown Huntsville.

Hinchman was serving as a captain when he was injured during a night raid to capture or kill al Qaeda in Iraq. His military decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.

Hinchman is chief marketing officer at USi, a company he founded and was purchased by Ignite that is a solutions-oriented defense firm in Huntsville.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned a Master's degree from Georgetown University.

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