August Pfluger

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August Pfluger
August Pfluger official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byMike Conaway
Personal details
Born
August Lee Pfluger II

(1978-12-28) December 28, 1978 (age 42)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Camille Cole
Children3
Education
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
RankLieutenant Colonel

August Lee Pfluger II (/ˈflɡər/ FLOOG-ər; born December 28, 1978)[1] is a politician and retired military officer from the state of Texas. He is the Representative for Texas's 11th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Pfluger's four-times-great-grandfather, Henry Pfluger Sr., founded Pflugerville, Texas.[2] His maternal grandfather, a member of the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, inspired Pfluger to become a pilot.[2]

Pfluger attended Central High School in San Angelo, Texas, where he played for the school's football team as a quarterback.[3][4] He is an Eagle Scout.[5] He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy.[6] Pfluger then earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical science from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science in military and operations science from Air University, and a Master of Science in international business and policy from Georgetown University.[2]

Military service[edit]

Pfluger earned his commission to the United States Air Force in 2000.[2] He served in active duty for 20 years, flying F-22 fighter jets and eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He remained in the United States Air Force Reserve after retiring from active duty.[7] Pfluger served on the United States National Security Council (NSC) for three months during the presidency of Donald Trump.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2020[edit]

Pfluger resigned from the NSC to run for the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 11th congressional district in the 2020 elections.[8] Fellow Republican Mike Conaway, who had represented the district since its creation in 2005, was retiring after eight terms.

Pfluger won a crowded 10-way Republican Party primary–the real contest in this heavily Republican district–to become the Republican nominee.[9][10] He faced Democrat Jon Mark Hogg and Libertarian Wacey Alpha Cody in the November general election.[2]

Pfluger easily defeated Hogg in the general election;[11][12] the 11th is so heavily Republican that Pfluger effectively assured himself of being the district's next congressman in his primary victory. Hogg was only the fifth Democrat to run in this district; only one Democrat has managed even 20 percent of the vote.

Tenure[edit]

Pfluger took office on January 3, 2021. Three days later, on January 6, 2021, Pfluger cast a vote to prevent the certification of the Electoral College in Arizona and Pennsylvania.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Pfluger and his wife, Camille (née Cole), have three daughters.[6][5] They live in San Angelo, Texas.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep.-elect August Pfluger (R-Texas-11)". December 30, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Campbell, Bob (April 21, 2020). "Pfluger poised for Congress: GOP nominee sketches grassroots action". Odessa American. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  3. ^ Anne, Sue (September 24, 1995). "Quarterback Change Puts Racial Issue Under West Texas Stadium Lights". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "August Pfluger reflects on 1995 quarterback controversy in San Angelo". San Angelo Standard-Times. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Lt. Colonel August Pfluger In Coleman". Coleman Today. December 9, 2019 – via www.colemantoday.com.
  6. ^ a b Aguilera, Rosanna (September 26, 2019). "Republican for Congress, August Pfluger starts campaign tour of Texas". San Angelo Standard-Times. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Aguilera, Rosanna. "August Pfluger kicks off campaign tour of Texas' 11th Congressional District in San Angelo". San Angelo Standard-Times.
  8. ^ a b Hyde, Joe (January 21, 2020). "Contrary to Rumors, August Pfluger Served Trump's NSC "With Distinction"". SanAngeloLive.com. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  9. ^ "Pfluger is 'humbled' by local support". Midland Reporter-Telegram. January 15, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  10. ^ May, David. "Pfluger overcomes 10-candidate GOP field to win Congressional primary race | News". Cleburne Times Review. Retrieved March 6, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "District 11: August Pfluger projected to win U.S. House seat". EverythingLubbock.com. KLBK. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "Alert: Republican August Pfluger wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 11th Congressional District". Shelton Herald. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  13. ^ Swaby, Abby Livingston and Aliyya (January 6, 2021). "After a day of chaos at U.S. Capitol, Congress rejects Ted Cruz-led effort to dispute election results". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  14. ^ "Pfluger Named To Major National Security Committees | Representative August Pfluger". pfluger.house.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  15. ^ "Pfluger, Republican Study Committee Unveil Plan to Save Our Democracy | Representative August Pfluger". pfluger.house.gov. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "Air Force pilot wants Conaway seat: August Pfluger is a political newcomer". Odessa American. October 8, 2019.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Conaway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th congressional district

January 3, 2021–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Burgess Owens
United States Representatives by seniority
423rd
Succeeded by
Matt Rosendale