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Born to German immigrants, Pete grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master’s Degree in National Security from the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


As a Surface Warfare Officer, Pete served in various positions at sea and ashore. Deploying multiple times to the Mediterranean and Middle East, he participated in The Cold War, DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia, the aborted invasion and the occupation of Haiti, and conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. As Commanding Officer, US Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Mobile, Alabama, he prepared and trained troops for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.


After 21 years of Naval service, Pete retired in 2005 to private business where he continues as a Commercial Real Estate broker with CRE Mobile. Specializing mostly in an industrial properties, Pete is also well versed and accomplished with office, land, multi-family, and hospitality properties.


Very active in the south Alabama Veterans Community, Pete serves on the Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission since 2005. He coordinates the Memorial Day Ceremonies in both Baldwin and Mobile Counties for the South Alabama Veterans Council since 2007. He is a past president of the South Alabama Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and Vice President of the Mobile Council Navy League. He was Operations Officer for South Alabama Honor Flight from 2009-2013.


Also civically active, Pete is a Land Commissioner for the Mobile County Probate Court. He also serves on the City of Mobile Solid Waste Disposal Authority since 2008, serving as chairman since 2015.


In 2009, Pete co-founded the Common Sense Campaign, the south Alabama Tea Party. Always active in politics, Pete started broadcasting Common Sense Radio weekly in 2011 on FM Talk 106.5 and syndicating his Common Sense column weekly since 2015. His columns are Christian based, constitutionally focused, and always unabashedly conservative.


Blessed more than he deserves, Pete is married to Debra, his loving wife, with three grown children (Jessica married to Nathan Hyder, Justin, & Jennie engaged to Daniel Buchanan), an adopted son (Trent), and seven plus grandchildren (Alexis, Odin, Dahlia, Torrin, Davian, Freya, Elliana, & another on the way).


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