This is a great boost to the campaign of Trevor Thomas (ActBlue page), who is running for Congress to serve Michigan’s 3rd District. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), the first Iraq War veteran to be elected to Congress and the sponsor of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, announced his endorsement today.

“Trevor Thomas is a passionate public servant who will stand up for middle class families and fight for the people he represents. A member of Congress needs to be able to work with people of different views. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t just happen – it required extensive legwork and a willingness to reach across party lines. We would not have succeeded in repealing this discriminatory policy without Trevor. He showed the kind of dedication and commitment we should expect from a member of Congress. In this age of partisanship and rancor, West Michigan – and America – need Trevor Thomas in Congress.”

“I am honored that Representative Murphy has endorsed our campaign,” said Thomas. “He has shown great courage, both as a member of Congress and serving in Iraq. Representative Murphy’s work has brought America closer to realizing its promise: that all are created equal and should have the same opportunities to serve our country. I am grateful to Representative Murphy for his endorsement, and I thank him for all he has done for our country.”

And in his work with the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Trevor helped develop the communications strategy that built public support for the passage of this landmark legislation that allowed lesbian and gay members of the military to serve openly. Here is a recent video of Trevor on the campaign trail: