|John A. Brieden|
|Judge of Washington County, Texas|
January 1, 2011
|National Commander of
The American Legion
|Ronald F. Conley, Sr.|
|Thomas P. Cadmus|
|Born||John A. Brieden III
Freer, Texas, U.S.
|Residence||Brenham, Texas, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1972-1977|
Brieden was born in 1955 and educated at the Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. After graduating from high school, he moved to College Station to attend Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University where he roomed with future Texas Governor Rick Perry. He served in the United States Army for close to five years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain. Brieden later moved to Brenham, Texas where he opened a State Farm Insurance office.
On August 28, 2003, Brieden was elected National Commander of The American Legion. As such, he directed the nation's largest wartime veterans' organization, representing the interests of 2.8 million U.S. veterans. During his term of office, he lobbied for veterans' benefits and continued support for POW/MIA programs.
Long involved in Republican party politics, Brieden in 2010 decided to run for Judge of Washington County, Texas. He would go on to defeat his opponent, Joel Romo, in the March 2010 Republican primary with 3,337 votes (56.1%) to 2,608 votes (43.9%). He then won the general election over Democrat John Muegge in the November with 6,895 (65.7%) votes to 3,598 (34.3%).
Brieden's decorations include the following:
|U.S. military decorations|
|U.S. service medals|
|National Defense Service Medal|
|U.S. Army badges and tabs|
First Lieutenant John A. Brieden, III, Infantry, United States Army, for heroism on 21 July 1974, while a member of Company B, 2d Battalion (M), 50th Infantry Regiment, 2d Armored Division