Derrick Van Orden
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2023
SucceedingRon Kind
Personal details
Derrick Francis Van Orden

(1969-09-15) September 15, 1969 (age 53)
Political partyRepublican
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
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Senior chief petty officer
UnitUnited States Navy SEALs
Battles/warsWar on Terror

Derrick Francis Van Orden (born September 15, 1969) is an American politician, businessman, actor, and retired United States Navy SEAL who is the U.S. representative-elect for Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district.[1]


Van Orden served in the United States Navy SEALs from 1998 to 2014.

Political involvement

Van Orden was the Republican nominee for Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district in the 2020 election, losing to incumbent Democrat Ron Kind.[2] He was nominated to run for the seat again in the 2022 election, and won, defeating Democrat Brad Pfaff and flipping the district from Democrat to Republican.[3][4]

Van Orden was present at the United States Capitol during the January 6 United States Capitol attack.[5][6]

Other work

Van Orden is an actor, appearing in Act of Valor (2012),[7] Surviving the Wild (2018) and Running with the Devil (2019).[citation needed] He opened the Butternut Cafe in Butternut, Wisconsin, in 2017.[8]


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ Herken, Olivia. "Pfaff wins Democratic primary, will face Van Orden for WI 3rd Congressional District". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  3. ^ Andrea, Lawrence (November 9, 2022). "Republican Derrick Van Orden defeats Brad Pfaff in Wisconsin's 3rd District, flipping seat". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  4. ^ "Derrick Van Orden". Ballotpedia. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  5. ^ Solender, Andrew (August 10, 2022). "Jan. 6-linked Derrick Van Orden wins Wisconsin GOP primary for House seat". Axios. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  6. ^ Van Orden, Derrick. "Derrick Van Orden: We need Abraham Lincoln now more than ever". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  7. ^ "About". Van Orden for Congress.
  8. ^ Carlson, Seth (June 28, 2017). "Retired Navy SEAL opens Butternut Cafe in downtown Butternut". Rice County Review. Retrieved November 9, 2022.