Personal Profile

Full Name Brian Birdwell
Age 53
Hometown Granbury
Race White
Occupation Founder, President of non-profit "Face the Fire"; retired U.S. Army Lt. Col.
Education B.S. Criminal Justice, Lamar University, 1984; Masters of Public Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1996; graduate, Command and General Staff College, 2000
Spouse: Mel
Religion Baptist
Church Lakeside Baptist Church

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a native Texan, decorated military veteran, survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, husband and father who proudly represents the citizens of Texas State Senate District 22. A native of Fort Worth and a graduate of Lamar University, Command & General Staff College, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Birdwell served in the United States Army for more than twenty years. At the time of the attack on the Pentagon, Brian was serving on the Department of the Army staff. The only survivor from the location closest to impact of Flight 77, he was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on 9/11. Upon his retirement from the Army, he was awarded the Legion of Merit. Birdwell was first elected to the Texas Senate in a June 2010 special election and was subsequently re-elected in November 2010 and again in November of 2012. Birdwell serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations and is a member of the Senate Committees on Higher Education, Economic Development and Government Organization. Additionally, he is serving a 2013-17 term on the Sunset Advisory Commission. Brian and his wife of 27 years, Mel, reside in Granbury, and they have one son, Matt, a recent graduate of Texas Tech University.