Coming from a military family, Pete Olson knows the meaning of service Indeed, one could say that he was born to serve, on December 9, 1962 in Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. The Olson family eventually settled in Seabrook, TX in 1972 Pete attended public school and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1981, went to Rice University graduating in 1985, and then on to the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. On the day he completed the Texas Bar Examination in July 1988, Pete took the Oath of Office for service in the United States Navy.
Pete started his naval career in Pensacola, FL, where he attended Aviation Officer Candidate School and began a decorated, nine-year career as a Naval Aviator. Peteís flight training brought him back to Texas in May 1989. He earned his Wings of Gold in March 1991 and began his training to fly the P-3C Orion. Among other missions, the P-3C Orion is designed to track and destroy ballistic missile submarines.
During his deployments, Pete flew missions over the Persian Gulf to enforce the international sanctions levied upon Iraq after Operation Desert Storm He also flew across much of the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea, and the Sea of Okhotsk between Japan and Russia. In 1994, Peteís combat aircrew was named Pacific Fleetís best in anti-submarine warfare. Pete was transferred to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1994 and a year later was assigned to be a Naval Liaison Officer to the U.S. Senate.
Pete and his wife Nancy live in Sugar Land, TX with their children, Kate and Grant and their dog Riley. They are active members of the United Methodist Church.