Founded by former Capitol Police Officer and best-selling author Harry Dunn, Dunn’s Democracy Defenders exists to elect true Democracy Defenders to office who will take on the MAGA extremists and the massive super PACs that undermine our democracy.

Harry Dunn was raised with values of duty, honor, and community. That’s why he became a Capitol Police Officer for over 15 years. And that’s why on January 6, 2021, he defended our nation’s Capitol from a violent insurrection bent on destroying our democracy. Because for Harry Dunn, doing the right thing is a way of life.

JANUARY 6th, 2021

Harry joined the U.S. Capitol police in 2008. On January 6, 2021, he was one of the brave officers who protected the country as a mob of insurrectionists attacked the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the presidential election. Officer Dunn protected the country from the insurrection as he experienced physical attacks and racial epithets from those storming the Capitol building.

Harry defended democracy with his bare hands on January 6, and he’s seen firsthand how extremism, corruption, and big money in politics is threatening our democracy and taking power away from the people.

Presidential Citizens Medal

In recognition for Officer Dunn’s role in protecting the U.S. Capitol, President Joe Biden awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal.

The medal is the second-highest award a civilian can get and is given by the president to “U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” Officer Dunn said at the time, “I think it’s important to note that I accept this medal not as a Capitol Hill Police Officer, a job I have held for over 15 years. Rather, I am here as an American. What I did on January 6, I did as a police officer. It was my job. But what I have done every day since, I do because I am an American.”

Dunn’s best-selling book, Stand My Ground, talks about his experience on January 6th and in its aftermath, and calls out Donald Trump and MAGA extremists for stoking the violent insurrection.

Dunn’s Democracy Defenders is Harry’s commitment to building up the next generation of Democracy Defenders who will defeat MAGA, get big money out of politics, and ensure our democracy works for the people. 

Harry Dunn is the son of a United States Air Force veteran and a former insurance claims analyst, and a brother to four sisters. He was born and raised in Prince George’s County and graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in Health Science with a concentration in public health education.

A proud Duke Dog, Harry was a starter on the offensive line at JMU for four years and helped lead the team to their first ever national championship. He is a devoted father of one daughter, Daphne.