Brian Birdwell

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Brian D. Birdwell
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 22nd district
Assumed office
July 2, 2010
Preceded byKip Averitt
Personal details
Born (1961-11-03) November 3, 1961 (age 58)
Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Children1 son
ResidenceGranbury, Texas
Alma materLamar University
University of Missouri-Kansas City
WebsiteCampaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1984–2001
RankLieutenant Colonel
AwardsPurple Heart
Legion of Merit

Brian D. Birdwell (born November 3, 1961)[1] is an American politician who has served in the Texas Senate for District 22 since 2010. He is a survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks in The Pentagon.


Birdwell graduated from Lamar University in 1984 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1996.[1]

Two days after being injured when American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon, Birdwell met President George W. Bush.[2]

He holds a Purple Heart and a Legion of Merit.[3]

Political career[edit]


He defeated David Sibley in a June 22, 2010 special election, replacing Kip Averitt.[4]

Birdwell won the 2010 general election unopposed.[5]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

In February 2017, Birdwell sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 2, which calls for a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution. The resolution "seeks amendments that place restraints on the federal budget and check power and enact term limits for U.S. officials."[6] Senate Joint Resolution 2 was passed by both chambers of the Texas Legislature. In May 2017, Birdwell sponsored a bill outlining the duties and limits of Texas delegates should a convention of states occur. It was approved by the Texas House and sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He has one son with his wife Mel.[3]

Rob Maness, a United States Air Force officer who rescued Birdwell, learned about Birdwell's identity only when they met at the 2016 Republican National Convention.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Brian Birdwell personal profile". Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "Birdwell saluted". Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Brian Birdwell". Archived from the original on October 20, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Gulf War vet Brian Birdwell wins runoff for Central Texas state Senate seat". Dallas Morning News, June 23, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Christy Hoppe, Brian Birdwell Stays on the Ballot, August 19, 2010". Dallas Morning News. August 22, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Pollock, Cassandra (February 28, 2017). "Texas Senate approves convention of states legislation". Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Pollock, Cassandra (May 27, 2017). "Convention of states-related bill hits Gov. Greg Abbott's desk". Texas Tribune. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  8. ^ Mark Ballard (July 24, 2016). "U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness meets Texas senator he helped save on 9-11 when both were soldiers". The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Kip Averitt
Texas State Senator
from District 22 (Granbury)

Succeeded by