LT. COL WESLEY CRAIG REED
Wesley was born into a working class military family. His father would eventually achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard and so Wesley knew many homes in his childhood. Wesley’s mother was a labor and delivery nurse. After graduating from high school, he entered the United States Navy at the age of 19. He went through boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes. Later, he attended Officer Candidate School, United States Marine Corps, in Quantico, Virginia.
Second Lieutenant Reed entered flight school at the age of 21. It would take him from 1991 until 1995 to complete his flight training and earn his wings. While in the Marine Corps, on active duty and as a reservist, Wesley completed four deployments including Operation Noble Eagle in 2004. He is still active in the United States Marine Corps Reserve at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Wesley works full time as a pilot for Federal Express (FedEx), a position he has held since 2000. He is a member of the Air Line Pilots Association, Intl. Wesley was a voting member of the board when FedEx pilots voted to join the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), a national union for pilots. Wesley quickly climbed the ranks of the ALPA, much as he did the ranks of the Marine Corps. He has served in a variety of capacities, including as the chairman of the Strategic Preparedness Committee, Master Executive Council Secretary and Treasurer and as the Chairman of the ALPA International Veterans Affairs Committee. He currently serves as the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Representative for the Air Line Pilots Association, International.
Wesley is proud to give voice to all the people of Texas Congressional District 27. His goal is to bring civility to the Democratic process, including a good, healthy clash of ideas and debates on issues important to South Texas and all of America.