Personal Profile

Full Name Brian Birdwell
Age 55
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

Brian Birdwell is the Texas State Senator for District 22, first elected in 2010.

He is serving as the chair of the Nominations Committee. He also sits on the Natural Resources & Economic Development, State Affairs and the Veteran Affairs & Military Installations committees as well as the chair of the Subcommittee on Border Security. Birdwell previously served as the vice chair 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.

Birdwell is military veteran, and survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He is 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 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.

He and his wife of, Mel, reside in Granbury, and they have one son, Matt, a recent graduate of Texas Tech University.

Information in this bio was provided by Birdwell's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.