Brian Birdwell

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Brian Birdwell
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Texas State Senate, District 22
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 5
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJuly 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLamar University
Master'sUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
ProfessionRetired Army Officer
Office website
Brian Birdwell is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in a July 2010 special election to fill the unexpired term of Senator Kip Averitt.


Birdwell graduated from Lamar University, as the Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program. He is also a graduate of Command and General Staff College, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Birdwell is a decorated Army veteran, and has received many honors due to his dedicated service to his Country. During his service, Birdwell served in numerous locations around the world, including South Korea, Germany, Central America and the Middle East. In 1990, Birdwell was deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm during the first Gulf War. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Exceptional Meritorious Achievement. In 2001, Birdwell served as the military aide to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. When the Pentagon was attacked on September 11, 2001, Birdwell sustained life threatening burns when he was thrown from his office chair and into the flames. For his wounds at the Pentagon, he was awarded the Purple Heart, and upon retirement received the Legion of Merit Award.

Birdwell attributes his recovery and healing since 9/11 to his Christian faith. Birdwell's experience on 9/11 inspired he and his wife to launch Face The Fire Ministries, a non-profit organization that supports critical burn survivors and wounded servicemen and women and their families. Birdwell and his wife have also written a book, Refined by Fire: A Family's Triumph of Love and Faith, in which they chronicle their life changing experiences.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Birdwell served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development
Government Organization
Higher Education
Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Vice-chair
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Birdwell served on the following Texas Senate committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Birdwell served on the following Texas Senate committees:



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Birdwell won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 22. Birdwell ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Tom Kilbride (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Texas State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Birdwell 85.2% 188,544
     Libertarian Tom Kilbride 14.8% 32,786
Total Votes 221,330


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Birdwell won re-election unopposed to the 22nd District seat in 2010.[1] The general election took place on November 6, 2012.

He was originally elected via special election in June 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Kip Averitt.[2]

Texas State Senate, District 22
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brian Birdwell (R) 134,231 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Birdwell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Birdwell raised a total of $1,017,187 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[3]

Brian Birdwell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 22 Won $549,148
2010 Texas State Senate, District 22 Won $468,039
Grand Total Raised $1,017,187


Birdwell won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Birdwell raised a total of $549,148.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brian Birdwell's campaign in 2012
Heavin, Gary$25,000
Cleveland, Courts$25,000
Cleveland, Sally$25,000
Perry, Bob J$17,500
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$549,148
Source:Follow the Money


Birdwell won election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Birdwell raised a total of $468,039.


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[4] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Birdwell received a score of 90.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Brian Birdwell received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Birdwell was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."


Brian and his wife, Mel, have one son, Matt. They reside in Granbury, TX.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kip Averitt
Texas Senate District 22
Succeeded by