Aaron Reitz on Stew and The Nunn.
Joining us tonight is Mr. Aaron Reitz who is running for Texas House District 47. Aaron will come on the show to talk with Stew and Nunn about his past, his platform and his plans if he wins.
Aaron was born outside of Texas. But his dad’s company pulled the young Reitz family to San Antonio when Aaron was in middle school.
On Aaron’s first day on the school bus, he met Meredith Neumann, who would become his wife years later. They attended public school together in San Antonio—Barbara Bush Middle School and Ronald Reagan High School—and always had an interest in each other.On October 10, 2009, Aaron and Meredith married in the Texas Hill Country where their love first blossomed.
While at A&M, Aaron was a member of Company E-2 in the Corps of Cadets (the unit responsible for Reveille, A&M’s mascot), a Fish Aide, and a Buck Weirus Spirit Award recipient. He rose through the ranks to become a Cadet Colonel and Regimental Commander his senior year, leading an executive staff and over 250 student cadets. He also received a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship and attended Officer Candidate School in the summer of 2008. He graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in political science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and as a Distinguished Naval Graduate. On the same day he graduated, Aaron commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Meanwhile, Meredith graduated from UT with a B.A. in government.
Aaron received orders to report the 2d Battalion, 4th Marines—an infantry battalion nicknamed the “Magnificent Bastards”—in Camp Pendleton, CA. Within a few weeks of arriving in early 2011, Aaron learned that he’d be deploying to Afghanistan soon and that Meredith was pregnant, which in turn meant that Aaron would miss his first child’s birth. But Aaron and Meredith pressed forward, trusting in God’s providence and knowing that everything would work out.
Before starting at UT Law in the fall of 2014, Aaron spent that spring as a fellow at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia. The fellowship is a semester-long post-graduate course of study in the roots of the American political, social, and cultural order. Its mission is to prepare principled leaders for faith-informed public service. After John Jay, Aaron was selected as a Koch Fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. At TPPF, Aaron worked on curtailing federal overreach into state affairs.
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