State Sen. Brian Birdwell officially files for re-election

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter
State Sen. Birdwell and his wife, Mel, are pictured completing the required paperwork for filing under the Texas Republican Party. In the photo, Birdwell can be seen signing a check for $1,250 for his "2016 Filing Fees" that is being made out to "The Texas Republican Party."

AUSTIN – Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) has officially filed for reelection during the upcoming 2016 campaign season. Birdwell has represented the 10 counties of Senate District 22 – which includes Somervell, Bosque, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Navarro, and portions of Tarrant – since winning a 2010 special election over former Texas State Senator David Sibley following Kip Averitt's resignation due to health problems.

Lt. Col (Ret.) Birdwell and his wife, Mel, reside in neighboring Granbury, and the announcement comes fresh off of the State Rep.’s “most successful” fundraiser to date, which included an appearance by Texas Governor Greg Abbot and nearly 500 supporters, held recently in Cleburne.

“Since announcing this summer my intentions to run for reelection, Mel and I have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the citizens I was elected to serve,” Birdwell said. “As I spent the summer and fall traveling almost daily through the 10 counties of Senate District 22, I was continually encouraged to continue the fight for the conservative principles that make Texas so great.”

Frequently heralded as one of the State’s leading senior conservatives in office, Birdwell has built his platform around maintaining individual liberties, limited government and economic policies that promote additional workplace opportunities for his constituents.

Prior to penning his $1,250 check to the Republican Party of Texas for his 2016 filing fees, Birdwell was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to serve as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Nominations and the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security – where he sponsored HB 11, which enhances Texas’ border-security plan.

Birdwell has been very hands on over his four-plus years in office, and has proved instrumental in the passing of the Campus Personal Protection Act for Concealed Handgun License-holders – or what is more commonly referred to as the Campus Carry Act.

In addition to campus carry, Birdwell has also served as the legislative leader during the creation of the new oversight committee for toll-road authorities, an expansion to higher education and career training access in north Texas, and a “host of locally-focused bills addressing constituent needs through Senate District 22,” an official press release issued by Birdwell’s office stated.

“I’ve been proud to fight for my constituents on critical issues like second amendment rights, border security, transparency and fiscal stewardship, but the battle is far from over,” Birdwell’s press release noted. “Just as I said after the legislative session concluded, the citizens of Senate District 22 have my steadfast commitment that I will continue to be vigilant on these and the many other important issues facing our state.”

The Birdwell’s have been married for 28 years, are longtime residents of Granbury and members of Lakeside Baptist Church. The couple also co-authored a book, “Refined by Fire: A Family’s Triumph of Love and Faith,” that tells of the story of the family’s struggles and successes following the Sept. 11, 2001 American Airlines Flight 77 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The crash left more than 60-percent of Birdwell’s body burned, and after 39 operations, he founded Face the Fire Ministries alongside his wife to “support critical burn survivors, wounded service personnel, and their families.