Representative Don Bacon
US House of Representatives
In 2008, then-Col. Don Bacon took charge of his new command, Ramstein Air Base, to find it beset by allegations of sexual assault. Acting swiftly, Bacon decided transparency would be the best deterrent. Every willing survivor would have his or her day in court and each convicted perpetrator’s name and the sentence would be publicized. After retiring from the Air Force in 2015, the voters of Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional district elected Bacon to represent them in the House of Representative in 2016. Continuing his efforts to create quality in the workplace, Bacon co-sponsored the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act. It prohibits the future use of taxpayer dollars to pay sexual harassment and sexual assault claims against members of Congress and staff.