John A. Brieden

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John A. Brieden
Judge of Washington County, Texas
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded by Dorothy Morgan
National Commander of
The American Legion
In office
Preceded by Ronald F. Conley, Sr.
Succeeded by Thomas P. Cadmus
Personal details
Born John A. Brieden III
Freer, Texas
Nationality American
Residence Brenham, Texas
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

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ "Brieden files for reelection". Brenham Banner-Press. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Brieden named to Perry steering committee". Brenham Banner-Press. 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  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 2015-06-01. 
  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 2015-06-01. 
  7. ^ Arthur Hahn (2010-02-11). "Romo says property taxes are paid". Brenham Banner-Press. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  8. ^ Alan Nieschwietz (2010-03-03). "Brieden, Reue get Republican nods". Brenham Banner-Press. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  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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