Ed Schrock
Edward Lee "Ed" Schrock (born April 6, 1941) is a retired career Naval officer (1964–1988) and former Republican
Republican Party (United States)
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 politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2001 to January 2005, representing the Second Congressional District of Virginia
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Born in Middletown
Middletown, Ohio
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, Ohio
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, Schrock earned a Bachelor's degree from Alderson-Broaddus College
Alderson-Broaddus College
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 in 1964 and a Master's Degree in Public Relations from American University
American University
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 in 1975. His 24 year career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy (1964 to 1988) included two tours of duty in Vietnam
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. After retiring from active military service, Schrock worked as an investment broker and then served in the Virginia State Senate from 1995 to 2001. In 2000, he was elected to the U.S. House seat in Virginia's 2nd District, defeating the Democratic Party nominee, Jody Wagner
Jody Wagner
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, a Norfolk attorney who later became State Treasurer of Virginia. During his four years in Congress, he served on the Armed Services Committee
United States House Committee on Armed Services
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, Budget Committee
United States House Committee on the Budget
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, Small Business Committee
United States House Committee on Small Business
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, and Government Reform Committee. In his first term in Congress, Schrock was elected president of the Republican Freshman Class.

Schrock announced on August 30, 2004, that he would abort his 2004 attempt for a third term in Congress after allegedly being caught on tape soliciting sex from a male prostitute. In the weeks before his announcement, Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers (activist)
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' blogACTIVE.com had said that Schrock is gay
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 — or at least a bisexual
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 — despite having aggressively opposed various gay-rights
LGBT social movements
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 issues in Congress, such as same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage
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 and gays in the military.

On November 2, in the general election, fellow Republican Thelma Drake
Thelma Drake
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 was elected to replace Schrock. Drake took office in January 2005.

In December 2004, Representative Tom Davis
Thomas M. Davis
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, another Virginia Republican, hired Schrock to serve as the top staff person for one of the subcommittees of the Government Reform Committee which Davis chaired and on which Schrock had served.

Schrock was briefly covered in the 2009 documentary Outrage, which profiles closeted gay public officials who have endorsed anti-gay legislation.

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