Welcome to the Official Web Site of the Ellis County Republican Women (ECRW)
Welcome to the official website of the Ellis County Republican Women (ECRW). ECRW meets on the third Tuesday starting in January through November at 7:00 p.m. at the Ellis County Republican Party Headquarters, 609 Water St., Waxahachie, Texas. Please take the opportunity to browse our website and contact us if we can provide you with additional information about our organization. You can learn about important political issues through the speakers at our monthly meetings. We hope that you will use this website to learn more about ECRW and to keep informed of our activities and current events. You are also welcome to visit us during our meetings.
Senator Brian Birdwell Scheduled to Speak
Lt. Col. (Ret) Brian Birdwell is a native Texas, decorated military veteran and lifelong conservative Republican currently representing Texas Senate District 2. Born in Fort worth and a currently residing in Granbury, Brain is a graduate of Lamar University Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree.
Senator Birdwell will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, September 20 meeting of Ellis County Republican Women, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodmen of the World building, 610 Water St. in Water.
As the distinguished Military Graduate of the Lamar Army ROTC program in 1984, Brian was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army and served in numerous training deployments and two operational deployments. In 1990, he deployed to Operation Desert Shield Desert Storm, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Exceptional Meritorious Achievement. In 1998, he deployed to Central America as the Joint Operations Officer for Joint Task Force Aguila to execute humanitarian relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. In 2001, Brian was serving on the Department of the Army staff at the Pentagon as the military aide to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.
On September 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed just yards away from his second floor Pentagon Office, Brian was critically wounded and severely burned. Of the burns that covered more than 60 percent of his body, nearly half were third degree in severity. Today, following 39 operations, months of hospitalization and numerous skin grafts, Brain has made a miraculous recovery. Despite physical limitations, he testifies not only to his physical healing, but the ultimate miracle of grace through Christ. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received that day. Upon retirement in July 2004, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
After his retirement from the Army, Brian and his wife, Mel, launched Face the Fire Ministries, a non-profit organization that supports critical burn survivors and wounded servicemen and women and their families. Together, Brain and Mel Authored Refined by Fire: A Family's Triumphs of Love and Faith, which chronicles their life-changing ordeal...
Brian serves as Chairman of both the Senate Committee on Nominations and the Subcommittee on Border Security, and is a member of the Senate Committees on Finance; Natural Resources and Economics Development; State Affairs; and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations. Senator Birdwell and his wife have bee married for 29 years and reside in Granbury, where they attend Lakeside Baptist Church. The Birdwell's have one son, and a daughter in-law, Ann Marie.
Light Refreshments served and Visitors Welcome!