A San Antonio native, Earl Brunner grew up on his grandfather's 5,000-acre cattle ranch. Herding and feeding Brahman, Charolais, and quarter horses across such a large operation instilled a valuable work ethic in Earl.
A U.S. Army ROTC scholarship took Earl to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he earned a degree in aeronautical science. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Earl began a 28 year military career that included specialization in aviation and military intelligence. After serving our nation in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom, Earl retired from the Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Earl still flies today as a DFW-based captain for American Airlines.
Earl is passionate about slashing wasteful spending, of which there is a lot. Earl also recognized that the sacrifices made by our veterans, teachers, and first responders are crucial to the fabric of our society. It is this recognition that drives Earl to fight for policies that reward the best of our society. Earl also wants to empower local communities to become stronger and more cohesive.
Earl and his wife of 24 years, Jenny, reside in Gun Barrel City. They raised two sons who are currently in college.