John A. Brieden
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John A. Brieden
John A. Brieden
Judge of Washington County, Texas

January 1, 2011
Dorothy Morgan
National Commander of
The American Legion

2003-2004
Ronald F. Conley, Sr.
Thomas P. Cadmus
Personal details
Born John A. Brieden III
Freer, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Residence Brenham, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University
Occupation Politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1972-1977
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit
Awards

John A. Brieden (born John A. Brieden III; 1955) is an American politician who served as the National Commander of The American Legion from 2003 to 2004.[1]

Early life and education

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.[2] He served in the United States Army for close to five years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.[3] Brieden later moved to Brenham, Texas where he opened a State Farm Insurance office.[4]

The American Legion

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.[5][6]

Political career

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%).[7][8]

Military awards

Brieden's decorations include the following:[9]

U.S. military decorations
Soldier's Medal
U.S. service medals
National Defense Service Medal
U.S. Army badges and tabs
US Army Airborne basic parachutist badge.gif Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab

See also

References

  1. ^ "Brieden files for reelection". Brenham Banner-Press. 2013-11-15. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Brieden named to Perry steering committee". Brenham Banner-Press. 2011-08-03. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ United States Congressional Serial Set, Serial No. 15043, House Documents Nos. 145-152. Government Printing Office. p. 111. 
  4. ^ "Brieden to take Legion commander office". Brenham Banner-Press. 2003-08-28. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ American Legion. "John Brieden saddles up for a winning year". The American Legion. 155 (3): 31. 
  6. ^ Bud Chambers (2010-07-19). "State Legion Commander Mueller welcomes 'new generation' to group". Brenham Banner-Press. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Arthur Hahn (2010-02-11). "Romo says property taxes are paid". Brenham Banner-Press. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Alan Nieschwietz (2010-03-03). "Brieden, Reue get Republican nods". Brenham Banner-Press. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "General Orders No. 17" (PDF). Washington, DC: Headquarters, Department of the Army. 1975. p. 2. 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 

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