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 43)
Harris County, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Camille Cole
Children3
Residence(s)San Angelo, Texas, U.S.
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 an American politician and retired military officer from the state of Texas. He is the U.S. representative for Texas's 11th congressional district. Pfluger succeeded fellow Republican Mike Conaway in 2021.

Early life and education

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]

Born in Harris County in 1977,[3] Pfluger attended Central High School in San Angelo, Texas, where he played quarterback for the school's football team.[4][5] He is an Eagle Scout.[6] He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy.[7] 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

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 reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He remained in the Air Force Reserve after retiring from active duty.[8] Pfluger was on the United States National Security Council (NSC) for three months during Donald Trump's presidency.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020

Main article: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas § District 11

Pfluger resigned from the NSC to run for the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 11th congressional district.[10] Representative Mike Conaway, who had represented the district since its creation in 2005, was retiring after eight terms. Pfluger cleared 50% of the vote in a crowded 10-way Republican Party primary, [11][12] He faced Democratic nominee Jon Mark Hogg and Libertarian Wacey Alpha Cody in the November general election.[2]

Pfluger defeated Hogg in the general election;[13][14] the 11th is so heavily Republican that only one Democrat has managed even 20% of the vote in its history.

Tenure

Pfluger took office on January 3, 2021. On January 6, the day of the storming of the United States Capitol, he and 147 of his fellow congressional Republicans voted to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 victory, as part of the Trump-led effort to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election.[15] Specifically, he voted against certifying Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes.[16]

Committee assignments

Caucus membership

Personal life

Pfluger and his wife, Camille, have three daughters.[7][6] They live in San Angelo, Texas.[19]

References

  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. ^ "PFLUGER, August | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives".
  4. ^ Anne, Sue (September 24, 1995). "Quarterback Change Puts Racial Issue Under West Texas Stadium Lights". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  5. ^ "August Pfluger reflects on 1995 quarterback controversy in San Angelo". San Angelo Standard-Times. March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Lt. Colonel August Pfluger In Coleman". Coleman Today. December 9, 2019 – via www.colemantoday.com.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Aguilera, Rosanna. "August Pfluger kicks off campaign tour of Texas' 11th Congressional District in San Angelo". San Angelo Standard-Times.
  9. ^ Tufts, John. "Pfluger named ranking member on Homeland Security committee; what that means for TX-11". San Angelo Standard-Times. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  10. ^ Hyde, Joe (January 21, 2020). "Contrary to Rumors, August Pfluger Served Trump's NSC "With Distinction"". SanAngeloLive.com. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  11. ^ "Pfluger is 'humbled' by local support". Midland Reporter-Telegram. January 15, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  12. ^ May, David. "Pfluger overcomes 10-candidate GOP field to win Congressional primary race | News". Cleburne Times Review. Retrieved March 6, 2020.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "District 11: August Pfluger projected to win U.S. House seat". EverythingLubbock.com. KLBK. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "Alert: Republican August Pfluger wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 11th Congressional District". Shelton Herald. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  15. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Pfluger Named To Major National Security Committees | Representative August Pfluger". pfluger.house.gov. January 26, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  18. ^ "Pfluger, Republican Study Committee Unveil Plan to Save Our Democracy | Representative August Pfluger". pfluger.house.gov. January 15, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  19. ^ "Air Force pilot wants Conaway seat: August Pfluger is a political newcomer". Odessa American. October 8, 2019.