From a military family, Jacob grew up with his cousins who became Army helicopter pilots - two of them Rangers - four pilots in total. His uncles were military and law enforcement, and his mother was a fire fighter. Although he was the family academic, it was no surprise that he joined the force as a Sheriff's Deputy upon graduating college.
Duty, honor, country.
What no one could predict was that one of those cousins would be KIA during a flight in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. A Ranger, pilot, and hero of the "Blackhawk Down" battle of Mogadishu, he was shot down during a routine medical flight.
Frustrated there wasn't more he could do, Jacob pressed harder into law enforcement and excelled. His zone partner, who would later be the best man at his wedding, was an Army Ranger. It was a tight community that shared values and tested him over and over.
When Jacob went to law school, he excelled there too. He finished in 2.5 years, was the V.P. of the Law & Order society, and completed a study abroad in International Justice at The Hague, Netherlands. He and his wife went to law school together. They shared books to save money. Upon graduation, he went to work at the established law firm of his father, Robert A. Rush. As a lawyer, he also returned to the Sheriff's Office where he served as a volunteer Deputy without pay. He served on patrol and in the helicopter.
In the courtroom, Jacob began his career defending the 2nd Amendment in Stand Your Ground cases. He made a good reputation as a courtroom lawyer by defending the Constitution and putting in the work.
In 2013 another cousin, another Army Helicopter pilot, was KIA. This time it was enemy fire in Afghanistan. Jacob had to bury another family member who made the ultimate sacrifice. This prompted him to run for U.S. Congress. Congress passed a bill removing pay from veterans who had already served and Jacob was willing to take the fight to Washington D.C. Eventually Congress passed a revision removing that insult to veterans and Jacob returned to his law office.
Since then, he has returned to defending the Constitution locally and supporting the community.
From a small farming community in rural Kentucky, Anne left home to earn her science degree at the most competitive tech school in the country - M.I.T.
Anne was working for a theoretical physicist when she met Jacob. He was still a Sheriff's Deputy. They decided to go to law school together and got married after graduation.
Anne works in-house as corporate counsel for a biotech company.
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