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I'm a life long Hoosier who's spent the the majority of my adult life serving our country and community.   I graduated from Mooresville High School in 1987, then attended Hanover College, graduating in 1991.  I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on May 25th of that year.

I was selected to attend flight school.  But first, because every Marine is a rifleman first, I attended The Basic School in Quantico, VA, where I not only learned how to operate every basic Marine Corps weapon, I was given the foundation of leadership skills.  Those skills have served me well, and I continue to build on them every day.

After TBS, I began my journey to become a Naval Aviator.  I graduated #1 in my basic flight training class and was selected to fly jets.  I earned my Marine Aviator Wings of Gold March 17, 1995.  I was selected to fly the AV8B Harrier. In January of 2000,  I returned home to Indiana and transitioned into an active duty position with the Indiana Air National Guard, continuing my time in the cockpit as an F16 pilot.  I was also the Commander of the Air to Ground Range at Camp Atterbury.  In addition to serving in the Air Force, I led numerous humanitarian missions for 11 years to Mexico, delivering critical services and relief to the people of Calnali.  

I retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2013 and was hired by the National Rifle Association as the Indiana field representative.  I led the country in fundraising for six consecutive years.  We supported the NRA not-for-profit mission and other programs vital to protecting our 2nd Amendment rights.

Today, I live in my hometown of Mooresville, IN, with my wife Brooke.  We are blessed with four wonderful children.  I'm a small business owner in addition to being a board member for The 2A Project and The Warrior 110. 


I'm proud to be your representative for Indiana District 57.  I promise to always keep my fellow Hoosiers as the focus of my efforts.  I'll be sure to check in regularly with my constituents and never forget where I came from.

Our Country is a great place to live. 
Let's make sure it stays that way.

Lt Col Craig "Merle" Haggard (Retired)

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