|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 11th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Mike Conaway|
August Lee Pfluger II
December 28, 1978
Harris County, Texas, U.S.
|Residence(s)||San Angelo, Texas, U.S.|
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
August Lee Pfluger II (// FLOOG-ər; born December 28, 1978) 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.
Pfluger's four-times-great-grandfather, Henry Pfluger Sr., founded Pflugerville, Texas. His maternal grandfather, a member of the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, inspired Pfluger to become a pilot.
Born in Harris County in 1977, Pfluger attended Central High School in San Angelo, Texas, where he played quarterback for the school's football team. He is an Eagle Scout. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy. 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.
Pfluger earned his commission to the United States Air Force in 2000. 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. Pfluger was on the United States National Security Council (NSC) for three months during Donald Trump's presidency.
Pfluger resigned from the NSC to run for the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 11th congressional district. 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,  He faced Democratic nominee Jon Mark Hogg and Libertarian Wacey Alpha Cody in the November general election.
Pfluger defeated Hogg in the general election; the 11th is so heavily Republican that only one Democrat has managed even 20% of the vote in its history.
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. Specifically, he voted against certifying Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes.
Pfluger and his wife, Camille, have three daughters. They live in San Angelo, Texas.