“He walked in the door as a common man with a youthful appearance, a great resume, a lot of passion and some very legitimate concerns – he walked out as the Rhode Island Republicans best chance for a seat in the US Congress this fall.”
- Executive Director of the RI Republican Party
Action. Achievement. Accountability.
Cormick Brendan Lynch is a resident of Newport, RI and has a deep dedication to his state and country. Throughout his life he has proven that hard work pays off, and is no stranger to adversity and what it takes to overcome it. Cormick’s core personality traits of duty, honor, and sacrifice were evident early on when he chose to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps at age 19. By age 21, he deployed to Iraq where he served as the lead machine gunner for his platoon in the fight to regain Fallujah as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time in Iraq, Lynch distinguished himself as an agile, adaptable leader, strategic thinker, and excellent decision maker. These traits, along with others, were formally recognized when Lynch was acknowledged for his ability to analyze situations and make split second decisions in the face of extreme danger. The well-being of the unit was always above his own. These life-altering experiences taught Lynch not only how to survive, but how to lead, how to perform under the most extreme of circumstances, and how to overcome adversity.
Upon returning from Iraq, Lynch began work as an East Providence Firefighter while going to the University of Rhode Island part time. After two years of proud service to the City of East Providence with the IAFF Local 850, Lynch suffered a serious leg injury that would prevent him from working. As a result of that injury, Lynch decided to pursue a degree full time. He transferred to the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware and completed the curriculum for a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in 2011. After leaving Delaware, the small town combat veteran took a job as a Private Equity Analyst with JP Morgan in New York, NY.
In the fall of 2013, Lynch, like his fellow Americans, was unhappy with the route his country was taking. The economy was dismal, consumer confidence was fragile due to the dysfunctional government and US foreign policy positions were projecting weakness abroad, impeding our future national security. This was evidenced by the death of four brave Americans in Benghazi and the dishonesties surrounding those events, the red line that was disregarded in Syria and a war in Afghanistan in its 13th year of mismanagement. Washington itself was absent strong character, ethics and accountability. This was clearly evidenced by the 2013 IRS Scandal, the 2013 government shutdown, the failure to pay death gratuities to fallen service members, and the vote to cut the benefits of combat veterans and disabled combat veterans on December 17th, 2013. These decisions made by our government, not only forecasted greater issues of our future, but were also a hindrance of capitalism and the American Dream - two of America’s greatest attributes.
As it became more and more evident that Capitol Hill had a desperate need for more honest, loyal and proud Americans, Cormick Brendan Lynch decided to stand up for the men and women he fought next to in the Marines 8 years earlier and for every other hard working American unsatisfied with the direction of their country. Cormick left Wall Street to start his own company and pursue a new non-profit organization to support education initiatives amongst combat veterans. By March 2014, Lynch decided to take his fight to Washington and run for U.S. Congress.