Security advisor seeks Congress seat
August Pfluger, a San Angelo Republican and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, believes that the skills he learned in uniform – specifically, dealing effectively with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints – prepared him to fight for Texas District 11.
Pfluger is among 10 Republicans, one Democrat and one Independent seeking the seat that U.S. Rep. Mike Con-away, R-Midland, has occupied since first being elected in 2005.
Conaway announced last summer that he will retire at the end of his current term. The position will be on the ballot in 2020.
Pfluger visited Hood County last week, appearing at the Hood County Republican Headquarters before stopping by the offices of the HCN.
Pfluger said that Thursday’s visit was his third to Hood County, and that he intends to make more appearances here, especially considering that Hood County is the ninth fastest-growing county in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
He said that “it is very important to understand what is important to Hood County, what the issues are and how I can help Hood County. We’re not doing a fly-by and taking a selfie; we’re actually sitting down and talking to people.”
A seventh-generation Texan, Pfluger earned an Eagle Scout badge at age 15 and graduated from San Angelo High School.
He graduated with honors from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an F-22 fighter pilot and a national security advisor to President Donald Trump.
Pfluger is a decorated Air Force officer, and commanded hundreds of combat airmen and women. He served in the Pentagon and NATO Command.
According to Pfluger’s campaign, he has more than 300 hours of direct action against radical jihadists in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Now back in San Angelo, Pfluger works in his family’s ranching business in Kimble and Concho counties. He still serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and recently founded an energy investment company that operates in the Permian Basin.
Pfluger said he holds two advanced degrees in aeronautical sciences and military strategy and is completing a third master’s degree in International Business and Policy at Georgetown University.
He and his wife Camille are the parents of three daughters – Vivian, 12, Caroline, 9, and Juliana, 4. Pfluger coaches his daughters’ youth soccer teams and leads Bible study groups for military service members. He said that he led Bible study groups at every base where he was stationed.
Pfluger said he feels that his military service, along with his dedication and studiousness, will enable him to step into Conaway’s shoes and effectively advocate for the unique district, whose residents put food on the table through work in agriculture, oil and gas, and small businesses.
Though he doesn’t believe the job will be easy, Pfluger said that he has learned how to put service over self.
“I think I’ve got the background and the desire to learn as much as I possibly can to represent this district in the best possible way,” he said.
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