Pete Olson - A Long History of Protecting America

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.

Quote from Senator Phil Gramm

"Pete Olson is an officer, a gentleman, and a natural born leader. He believes in service above self and proved that with his nine years in the Navy."

  • Upon Senator Gramm’s retirement, Pete was asked by newly-elected Senator John Cornyn to be his Chief of Staff.

  • In 2008, with the support of thousands of volunteers and activists across the area, Pete defeated Democrat incumbent Nick Lampson and was elected as the new Congressman for the 22nd Congressional District.

  • Pete and his wife Nancy live in Sugar Land, Texas with their children, Kate and Grant. They are active members of the United Methodist Church.