House links: Pete Olson (R-TX-22)i
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Peter Graham “Pete” Olson
Pete Olson Congressional Candidate Texas District 22
Pete Olson represents the 22nd District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was born on December 9, 1962 at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. The Olson family settled in Seabrook, Texas in 1972, where Olson grew up and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1981. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1985 and earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1988. On the day he completed the Texas bar examination, Pete took the oath of office for service in the United States Navy.
Pete attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and earned his Wings of Gold in March 1991. During his decorated career, he flew the P-3C Orion, which is designed to track and destroy ballistic missile submarines. During his deployments, Pete flew missions over the Sea of Okhotsk between Japan and Russia, the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf, where he helped to enforce the international sanctions levied upon Iraq after Operation Desert Storm. In 1994, Pete’s combat aircrew was named the Pacific Fleet’s best in anti-submarine warfare. Pete was transferred to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1994 and a year later, was assigned as a naval liaison officer to the U.S. Senate.
In 1998, Olson became a legislative aide to Texas Senator Phil Gramm. In 2002, newly elected Texas Senator John Cornyn appointed him as his first Chief of Staff. In 2005, Pete returned home to Texas and in November 2008, the people of the 22nd District of Texas elected him to the 111th Congress.
In his second term in Congress, the Republican Leadership appointed Pete to serve on the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The Energy & Commerce Committee has wide jurisdiction over the energy, healthcare, and telecommunications industries, including oversight of five Cabinet-level departments and seven independent agencies. Given the important role the energy and health care industries play as local economic drivers, this committee assignment is important for the Houston region.
Pete and his wife Nancy live in Sugar Land, Texas with their children, Kate and Grant, and their dog Riley. They are active members of the United Methodist Church.
Biography of Pete Olson from Olson For Congress Committee
Growing Up in Clear Lake
- Born December 9, 1962 in Madigan Army Medical Center – Fort Lewis, Washington State
- Following his service in the Army, Pete’s father earned a PhD in paper chemistry and began a career with Champion International. After various moves, the Olson family settled in Seabrook, Texas in 1972.
- Pete attended public school and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1981.
- He played varsity basketball his Freshman year and later graduated from Rice University in 1985 with a BA in computer science and enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.
- On the day he completed the Texas Bar Examination in July of 1988, Pete took the Oath of Office and volunteered for service in the United States Navy.
Decorated Military Career
- Following graduation from law school, Pete moved to Pensacola, FL to report for Aviation Officer Candidate School and began a highly decorated, nine-year career as a Naval Aviator.
- He has flown missions over the Persian Gulf to enforce the international sanctions levied upon Iraq after the first Gulf War, the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, and across much of the Pacific. In 1994, Pete’s combat aircrew was named Pacific Fleet’s best in anti-submarine warfare.
- Pete was transferred to serve on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1994 and a year later was assigned to be a Naval Liaison Officer to the U.S. Senate.
- His military awards include:
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
- Joint Service Achievement Medal
- Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Serving the Interests of Texas
- While Pete was a Senate Liaison Officer, he assisted Texas’ then senior Senator, Phil Gramm, on several trips overseas to inspect military installations.
- Senator Gramm asked Pete to join his staff in 1998 to head up the Senator’s work protecting and improving critical military facilities in Texas – including the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Ellington Field, the Army truck manufacturing facility in Sealy, and other installations.