Erik Aadland

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Born (1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 44)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materHeidelberg High School

Erik Anders Aadland is an veteran and businessman who is running for United States Senate in Colorado for the 2022 midterms.[1] A member of the Republican Party, he is running for the seat held by Michael Bennet[2]. Aadland previously worked as a project manager in the oil industry and for the United States Army.[3]

Aadland is the son of Major General Anders Aadland, the Army’s first Director of the U.S. Army Installation Management Agency.[4] For his early education, Aadland attended United States Military Academy at West Point. After West Point, Aadland spent 10 years in the United States Army. Aadland then spent 9 years in the oil and gas industry working for Nobel Energy.

In June of 2021, Aadland filed to run for the United States Senate in the 2022 election against incumbent Micheal Bennet[5].

Early life and education

Aadland was born on January 4th, 1980 in Alabama. His mother is Sandy Aadland who is an independent hospitality professional and a mother of three. His father is Major General Anders Aadland. His father served as the first Director of the U.S. Army Installation Management Agency for the Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood[6]. Aadland traveled around the country as a child due to his father's position in the military. Aadland spent most of his high school experience in Germany but graduated from Heidelberg High School in Mississippi in 1998. Aadland worked a minimum wage job at McDonald's during this time.

In 2002, Aadland earned his Bachelor of Science in philosophy from the United States Military Academy at West Point [7]. Aadland earned his Masters degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2021, where he studied Depth Psychology.[8]

Early career

Aadland spent 10 years following his time at West Point serving in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, Aadland was awarded two Bronze Stars. Aadland served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.[9] Aadland served as Tank Platoon Leader in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Between 2004 and 2008, Aadland held many positions in many different states. From 2008 to 2011, Aadland served as Reconnaissance Troop Commander where he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Meritorious Service Medal[10].

After his service in the armed forces, Aadland began working for Noble Energy. In 2011, Aadland began as a global logistics manager and a drilling engineer in Colorado. From 2018 to 2020, Aadland served as International Project Manager where he managed the onshore construction of the Leviathan Project in Dor, Israel.

2022 United States Senate Election

Aadland's Senatorial campaign officially began in June of 2021. Aadland filed to run for US Senate in Colorado with the Colorado Secretary of State. The Republican primary currently consists of Erik Aadland, Peter Yu, Eli Bremer, and Juli Henry as the declared Republicans running.[11]

Personal Life

Aadland is married to Megan Aadland and has three children. Aadland lives in Pine, Colorado with his family.

Aadland is Christian.


  1. "Erik Aadland". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  2. Price, Sean (2021-07-08). "Colorado's 2022 U.S. Senate Candidates: Who Are the Confirmed and Potential Bennet Challengers?". Colorado Times Recorder. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  3. [email protected], ERNEST LUNING. "TRAIL MIX | Next year's top-ticket GOP challengers remain a mystery". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  4. "Army Maj. Gen. Aadland briefs reporters in the Pentagon on Operation Tribute to Freedom". Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  5. [email protected], ERNEST LUNING. "TRAIL MIX | Next year's top-ticket GOP challengers remain a mystery". Colorado Politics. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  6. "QL Plus". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  7. "West Point Association of Graduates". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  8. "PGIAA Salutes the Class of 2021!". Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. 2021-05-21. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  9. "Politicians who served in Afghanistan react to Taliban takeover". FOX31 Denver. 2021-08-17. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  10. News, A. B. C. "Video: On Patrol in Afghanistan". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-07-01. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  11. Miller, Faith; August 10, Colorado Newsline; 2021. "Former Olympic athlete Eli Bremer announces candidacy for Bennet's Senate seat". Colorado Newsline. Retrieved 2021-09-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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