About Joe La Jeunesse

  • Third-generation Santa Clara County resident
  • Major, United States Army ( ret. )
  • Deputy Sheriff, Santa Clara County
  • United States Army MP ( Military Police )
  • Graduate, Army Command and General Staff College
  • Bachelor of Science, Excelsior College
  • Served in the Persian Gulf War, Bosnia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as Europe, Africa and Asia
  • Officer in Command of rebuilding police forces in Iraq; tasked with developing policies, procedures and training for MPs in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Commander of U.S. troops on the California-Mexico Border, “Operation Jump Start”
  • Anti-terrorism officer with the U.S. Army in Germany
  • Highly-decorated officer, including the Bronze Star Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Married to Amy, army veteran and nurse. One daughter, Alexis

Joe’s grandfather was a World War II veteran with just a sixth grade education. He helped liberate Nazi concentration camps in Europe. Joe’s mother was a single Mom who raised three boys working two jobs and his aunts and uncles worked in the orchards of Santa Clara County picking fruit. It was their example of hard work, self-discipline, and responsibility that led Joe to become the first Army officer, first college graduate, and first law enforcement officer in his family. Joe’s wife Amy is a combat veteran of the Iraq War and a nurse. Their daughter Alexis is eleven years old and enjoys horse riding, singing, and dancing.


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