Born and raised in Illinois, Joshua considers Illinois a quintessential part of his identity. As a boy, Joshua would enjoy playing in the loft of the barn, mudding on dirtbikes after a fresh rain, and hiking Giant City State Park. Growing up in Illinois, unfortunately, means Joshua has also seen the incompetent and corrupt politics of Illinois, such as George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. Early on in life, Joshua Loyd vowed that if he were to ever gain a position of influence, he would not succumb to the immoral and corrupt influence of modern politics. He lives by the West Point Creed to "never lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."
Throughout the years, Joshua Loyd has witnessed the sacrifices that service members and their families go through in order to ensure unwavering freedom for the American public. As the son of two career military officers, a former soldier, and West Point Graduate himself, Joshua Loyd has had a deeply found appreciation for the military since his childhood. Additionally, Joshua Loyd served on the Military Funeral Honor detail ensuring that the soldiers, of whom the funerals were intended for, received the services they deserved as they were laid to rest. Joshua Loyd witnessed the final role call of those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. He carries with him those moments and understands the sincerity of selfless service.
Joshua Loyd served as a precinct committeeman in southern Illinois. Further, he worked on multiple political campaigns both at the state and federal levels, helping secure their victory.
Joshua is passionate about his past experiences that helped shape his beliefs. He is an Eagle Scout and embodies the Scout Creed. Further, Joshua Loyd represented and advocated for Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). He represented SkillsUSA Illinois as the State President at the national level and advocated for Federal Carl D. Perkins funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs on Capitol Hill. Joshua Loyd continues to serve his community and nation.
Joshua Loyd is also an avid volunteer and received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) on several occasions including the "Gold" standard.
If not entrenched in a good book or creating a project, you can usually find Joshua at one of a few places: the off-road park mudding, the lake fishing, or the weapon range.
Joshua is married to his high school sweetheart, Suzanna. The two of them attended high school in southern Illinois and ran cross country together. After high school, they both graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
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