Raised in Logan, West Virginia, Richard N. Ojeda, II initially joined the United States Army as an enlisted soldier and went through officer training after finishing college. During his 25 years in the military, Ojeda earned two Bronze Star Medals and rose to the rank of major. After retiring, he initially worked as a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps teacher before running for office.
Richard N. Ojeda, II was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2016. In the West Virginia Senate, Ojeda sponsored the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, legislation to legalize medical marijuana, which was signed into law by Governor Jim Justice on April 19, 2017. Also within the Senate, he called for increases in teacher wages, arguing that low pay would lead to strikes and teachers leaving the state. Ojeda ultimately resigned from the West Virginia Senate on January 14, 2019, citing frustration with the legislature's slow pace and his inability to accomplish all his legislative goals.
Military recognition and political office accolades aside, Ojeda has also found success as a media personality and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the Turn Left PAC and the host of the Ojeda Live series; embedded below is a recent interview Ojeda conducted with prior Paltrocast guest Ice T. Ojeda also regularly pops up as a guest on the Stuttering John Podcast and was seen on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher in 2021.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ojeda via Zoom, as embedded above and airing via the Long Beach, New York-based Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz television series. More on Ojeda can be found online by clicking here.