About Bill

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”—Abraham Lincoln
 

This principle has been the bedrock of Colonel William P. Brandt’s guiding philosophy his entire life. Though enduring poverty and homelessness in childhood, he never believed that these circumstances would define who he was or what he could become. When he started to work at twelve years old to help feed his family, he pointed his feet in the right direction, stood firm, and has never looked back. Brandt’s career, achievements and leadership over the more than 50 years since that first job delivering newspapers are a testament to the importance of hard work and determination in achieving the American Dream.

Growing up in the Grapevine area, Brandt graduated from Grapevine High School and the United States Air Force Academy, where he was commissioned into service upon his graduation in 1977. During his distinguished military career, including active and reserve service, he has served in numerous flying, staff and command positions all over the globe--including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

 

At the Pentagon, in the Programs and Plans Office of the Air Force Reserve, he was responsible for an annual budget of $4.2 billion for the development and execution of major programs. Brandt was in the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks.

 

When not on reserve duty, Brandt was a Captain with FedEx Express Corp. Later, he would receive his MBA before attending Texas A&M School of Law and earning his Juris Doctor, eventually opening his own practice.

Colonel Brandt’s incredible and varied career has uniquely positioned him for success in his current role as Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3. First elected to the position in 2018, Brandt is seeking re-election in the upcoming election. His legal training, field expertise, and battle-tested leadership skills have endowed him with the wisdom and experience to manage his court in a fair and judicious manner. Through time and trial, he has forged the temperament and tenacity to see each and every matter through to the best possible outcome.

 

This excellence in leadership has been recognized by his peers. After only 15 months in office, Brandt was selected by his fellow Tarrant County Justice Court Judges as the Administrative Judge for the Tarrant County Justice Courts. 

 

Brandt is married to his college sweetheart, Susan, and resides in Southlake. They have three children and eleven grandchildren. Together, they attend Messiah Lutheran Church in Keller,  where he serves as the secretary for the church council.

 

The election for Tarrant County Justice of the Peace will be on March 1, 2022.

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Education & Training
  • Grapevine Senior High School, 1973

  • B.S. History, General Engineering, USAF Academy, 1977

  • USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas, 1978

  • USAF Squadron Officers School (Distinguished Graduate), Maxwell AFB Al, 1981

  • US Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Correspondence), 1983

  • USAF Air War College, 1999

  • Reserve Forces National Security Strategy Course, Wash. D.C., 2000

  • MBA, University of Phoenix, 2000

  • Department of Homeland Security Federal Flight Deck Officer Initial Course, Artesia, NM, 2005

  • Juris Doctor, Texas A&M University School of Law, Ft Worth, TX 2016

  • Texas Justice of the Peace 1st year Seminars, Texas Justice Court Training Center, 2019.

Awards & Distinctions
  • Named "Administrative Judge” by the other Tarrant County Justice Court Judges in 2019

  • Legion of Merit 2007

  • Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster (second award) 2003, 2004

  • Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster 1998, 2002

  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster 1982, 1984

  • Air Force Meritorious Unit Award 2004

  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor with four Oak Leaf Clusters 1979-2003

  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster 1998, 2002

  • Combat Readiness Medal 1982

  • National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars ’73, ‘91, ‘01

  • Iraq Campaign Medal 2004

  • Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 2003

  • Korean Defense Service Medal 1982

  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon w/Gold Border w/Oak Leaf Cluster 2003, 2004

  • Air Force Longevity Service Award with six Oak Leaf Clusters 1981-2005

  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two “M” devices 2003, 2004

  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society 2015

  • Texas A&M Law School Dean’s List , Fall 2013, Spring 2014

  • Eagle Scout Mentor Award 2011

  • Grapevine High School Hall of Fame 2003

  • FedEx Bravo Zulu Award 2001

  • DOD Civilian Recognition Award (Desert Storm) 1991

  • F-15 Flying Training Outstanding Graduate 1984

  • Tactical Air Command Safety Salute 1984

  • USAF Squadron Officer’s School Distinguished Graduate 1981

  • USAF Academy Commandant’s List 1973-1977

  • National Honor Society 1973