Nathan Paul Wilkins is a Retired United States Navy SEAL, former Congressional Innovation Fellow at the United States House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee (Republican), and California District 50 Republican Congressional Candidate. Wilkins is a devoted follower of Christ with a Conservative upbringing and identifies as a member of the Republican Party.
Born to a blue-collar family in Reedley, California, Wilkins spent the earlier parts of his youth growing up in the community of Reedley, CA. His father worked as a mechanic and mother as a church accountant. Due to safety concerns, his family made the choice to move to the mountain community of Oakhurst, California. From the age of 13, he helped his mother and father make ends meet. He graduated from Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California in June 2004.
After his graduation, Wilkins moved back to Reedley, CA, where he attended Reedley College. To get thru college he worked in retail and as a farm hand. Failing to make ends meet, he decided it was time to fulfill his dream of becoming a United Stated Military member. He enlisted in the United States Navy in June 2007.
After entering the United States Navy on a SEAL contract, he was medically dropped from the SEAL program after suffering from extensive injuries. He was then sent to the Center for Information Dominance in Pensacola, Florida for Information Systems Technician (IT) “A” school. Following Information Systems Technician (IT) “A” school, he was deployed to Yokosuka, Japan to serve at the Office of Naval Intelligence/ Commander Submarine Group Seven Headquarters.
After being accepted back into to SEAL program, he left the conventional Navy and returned to Coronado to complete his SEAL training. After four years, four unsuccessful attempts and multiple injuries he made it thru SEAL training, graduating with his fifth class.
Following SEAL graduation, he was attached to SEAL Team 3, where he deployed twice to Naval Special Warfare Unit One with Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR). After 11 years of service and battling major injuries, he was medically retired in 2018 from military service.
Wilkins joined the Congressional Innovation Fellowship, incubated at the Open Technology Institute at New America, in December 2018. In early 2019, he joined the United States House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee as an Innovation Fellow. His portfolio included: Communications & Technology, Consumer Protection & Commerce, Oversight & Investigations, Health and Energy & Environment. He helped the committee advance policy in the areas such as: fifth generation communications, federal privacy, opioids, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, clean energy innovation and net neutrality.
Wilkins married Lindsay Wilkins in 2014. Together they have one son and one daughter. He identifies as a Evangelical Baptist.