Brady native Wes Virdell announced Wednesday he will again challenge State Representative Andrew Murr in the 2024 primary election for the District 53 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.
Virdell began his political career advocating for gun rights during legislative sessions, and has since served as the Texas State Director for Gun Owners of America.
In his first campaign, Virdell was one of ten candidates seeking the open 11th Congressional seat in 2020. Virdell finished third in the race, although he points out he spent less per vote than any other candidate. Subsequently, Virdell was a candidate for the State House District 53 seat in the 2022 Republican Primary where he was defeated by Rep. Murr.
Virdell describes himself as a Veteran, small business owner and avid defender of our Second Amendment. In announcing his candidacy, Virdell said, “If it wasn’t evident before, this last session sealed it— Murr will listen to everyone but the people of this district. I’ve worked hard all my life to build a successful business, to serve my country, to support my family, and to protect our fundamental freedoms. Now, while Murr is hard at work for the Austin lobbyists and big city business interests, I’ll get to work fighting for you,” said Virdell.
Prior to his political engagement, he served in the U.S. Air Force working on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and as a Military Training Leader. He returned in 2008 to join the family diesel business which has been in operation for 30 years. Virdell started his own trucking company as well. He and his wife Sara live in Brady with their three boys.