Art Halvorson is a highly decorated Coast Guard veteran, businessman, and conservative champion of traditional values. Halvorson joined the Coast Guard at age 17 to help protect the country he loves and keep it free. During his 29 years of distinguished service, he was a search-and-rescue pilot and base commanding officer. Halvorson earned the prestigious Legion of Merit award for leadership after he helped re-organize the Coast Guard in the aftermath of the 9-11 Terror Attack, during which time he also worked closely with Tom Ridge in a pivotal role to help establish the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
While in the military, Halvorson earned a master’s degree in strategic studies at the U.S. Air War College, as well as an MBA from The College of William and Mary. After retiring from the military, Mr. Halvorson retired to Manns Choice in the heart of bucolic central Pennsylvania, where he built a real estate company into a very successful enterprise.
Halvorson is deeply committed to philanthropic projects. He is a member of the Gideon’s International, the National Rifle Association, and Crossroads Bible Church. He has also served as president of Officers’ Christian Fellowship.
He and his wife of 39 years, Paula, have six children and twelve grandchildren. The Halvorsons have also been foster parents and provided shelter to distressed single mothers. They live on their farm homestead in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania.