Like many American families, my family started out in a small town and through hard work and sacrifice we fought our way into the middle class. My roots in Alpine, Texas, the town where I was born and raised, go back to the early 1880’s. In 1917, my grandparents opened a small family restaurant. That restaurant – which was around until my parents retired in 1997 – taught me many lessons. One of the most important lessons was the value of hard work.
My dad was a proud WWII veteran who refused any veterans benefits because he believed his military service was just a matter of meeting his obligation to his country. He worked in his restaurant every day. My mom took a job as a state employee and did everything she could to support three kids and help make ends meet.
My sisters and I were expected to do well in school and to pitch in at the family restaurant. I mostly washed dishes at first. Later, I added on a job at a local clothing store, the local radio station and a job at Sul Ross State University, the university in Alpine.
I graduated from high school in 1980 and graduated from Sul Ross in 1982. Finishing college in two years while balancing three jobs wasn’t easy by any means, but like I said – we were raised to be hard workers.
After graduation, I went on to earn a degree from The University of Texas School of Law. Shortly after, I returned to my hometown of Alpine where I was a felony prosecutor. After a few years of serving my community, I learned that our system had some major flaws. That’s when I decided to run for the Legislature.
Along the way, I was inspired by the people I met everyday who just wanted a fix to their everyday challenges so they could improve their lives. This same desire to solve problems is why I am running today.
“Education is the key to our future, Pete has worked tirelessly to improve our schools and support our teachers.”