Dedicated to preserving constitutional principles, O’Grady is a strong proponent of the 2nd Amendment Right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms, and a member of the National Rifle Association. O’Grady will go to Austin to defend another constitutional principle – state sovereignty, as envisioned by the 10th Amendment – in order to protect future generations from a legacy of debt created by free-spending Washington politicians who are on course to bankrupting our country. O’Grady will work to control state spending, and limit the tax and regulatory burden so citizens and employers have maximum freedom to innovate, prosper and invest in a better tomorrow.
For a decade, O’Grady has dedicated himself to promoting the cause of conservatism, and the constitutional principle of limited government. He has participated in numerous party building activities for the Republican Party, speaking at various rallies and dinners, and advancing the notion of individual liberty instead of government intrusion in our lives.
A resident of North Texas since 2001, O’Grady has a unique perspective on the importance of public service, and the price Texans and Americans must pay to ensure our state and nation are always free. O’Grady answered the call of public service more than 20 years ago, beginning in Texas, training at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, from November 1989 to December 1990. He was then assigned to F-16 pilot training at Luke Air Force Base until December 1991 when he began his first operational assignment flying the F-16 at the 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, Korea. In April 1993, Captain O'Grady was reassigned to the 526th Fighter Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany, until assuming a position in May 1994 with the 555th Fighter Squadron in Aviano, Italy. In October 1995, he was assigned as an F-16 pilot with the 466th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. In July 1998, he was assigned to a joint survival agency at Fairchild Air Force Base. After 12 years of military service Captain O’Grady entered inactive reserve status in February 2001, having accumulated more than 1,300 military flying hours, including over 1,000 hours in the F-16.
Captain O’Grady captured the imagination of the nation in 1995 when a Soviet-made anti aircraft missile slammed into his F-16 as he was helping enforce the NATO no-fly zone policy in the skies over Bosnia. Presumed lost for several days, Capt. O’Grady relied on his survival training to narrowly evade capture by Bosnian Serbs. Signaling his presence to overhead American aircraft, O’Grady was picked up several hours later in a flawless Marine rescue effort that brought him to safety, and soon after a White House celebration.
Captain O’Grady tells his incredible story in his book, Return With Honor, which spent six weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. He has also published Basher Five-Two, a children’s edition of his original story. His courageous story has also been documented on the Discovery Channel presentation, Behind Enemy Lines. In addition, Scott O'Grady has been featured on CNN’s Voices of the Millennium, Then and Now series that focused on the most influential personalities of the last 25 years of the 20th Century.
Captain O'Grady was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 12, 1965. He moved with his family to Long Beach, California in 1970, then to Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1972, and finally to Spokane, Washington, in 1974. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1984 and attended the University of Washington for one year before transferring to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona. Captain O'Grady earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program, April 1989.
After entering inactive reserve status O’Grady enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Masters Degree in the spring of 2007. Scott also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in public service by the University of Portland in Oregon.
Today O’Grady is a frequent inspirational speaker who talks about a needed spirit of sacrifice among the people of our nation to ensure the preservation of our freedom and the expansion of American values. He is a candidate for the Republican Nomination in Texas Senate District 8.