“I’m ready to answer the call, and serve my country again.”

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Ben Loyola announced today that he is running for the Republican Nomination for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. Ben is a Navy combat Veteran, successful businessman and father. Ben was born in Havana, Cuba and was only two years old when his family fled Castro’s Communist Cuba to find freedom in America. Ben decided to give back to the country that gave him everything and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Ben went to flight school and subsequently became a Bombardier Navigator for the A-6E Intruder. Ben participated in successful Gulf of Sidra Libyan combat operations and was awarded the Air Medal with Combat Valor for his actions which eliminated Libyan gunboat threats to the Carrier Task Force. After 30 years of service to his country, Ben retired as a Captain from the U.S. Navy.

Ben Loyola founded Loyola Enterprises Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Through hard work and entrepreneurship, Loyola Enterprises is providing the warfighter state-of-the-art Simulation, Cyber Security, Information Technology and Knowledge Management for training, analysis and operations. He is dedicated to bringing common-sense conservative representation, a sense of service, business experience and limited government back to Washington, DC.

“When I was a child, my family escaped Communist Cuba and came to America for a better life. Now, out-of-control socialist Democrats are trying to force a radical far left agenda on the American people. This Navy Veteran isn’t going to sit around while Democrats try to destroy America by emulating the failed policies that have morally and economically bankrupted countries like Cuba, Venezuela, and the former Soviet Union – that’s why I’m running for Congress.” said Loyola, “There is no doubt I have lived the American dream; from escaping Communist Cuba, graduating from the US Naval Academy, flying combat missions while serving under President Reagan, creating a successful business, and by having a beautiful family. You can only do that in America and it’s because of our limited government principles and our entrepreneurial spirit.” Loyola finished with, “I’m ready to answer the call, and serve my country again. In Congress, I promise to fight for our Veterans and military, preserve health care, support limited immigration policies, help cut regulations, push free market principles, and always come down on the side on limited government. I hope to earn your vote for the Republican nomination.”

Ben and his wife, Gretchen, live in Virginia Beach with their two daughters. Gretchen is an accomplished violinist who was a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra prior to attending Eastern Virginia Medical School where she graduated with a Masters of Physician Assistant. Ben and his family are members of Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Ben has been an active community leader since the 1980s and has served in many leadership roles including Vice Chairman, Commonwealth of Virginia Public School Authority; Commissioner, City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission and Board Member of the Virginia Ballet.