MEET WILLIE BILLUPS
Willie’s story is one that illustrates America’s greatness. In America, you can be born into a world of great adversity and diversity, but with hard work and passion, you can achieve success.
As a young child, Willie’s father was incarcerated. His mother, a high school dropout, worked 3 jobs, raising four children, couldn’t afford healthcare and died of Colon Cancer when Willie was six. His grandmother did an amazing job raising him and his siblings. At seventeen he joined the Marines, and became an aviation mechanic. It was during his twelve years in the Marines that he raised his oldest child by himself, fought and beat the same cancer that killed his mother.
Willie Billups at Marine Corps Boot Camp
Willie Billups Flew BlackHawk Helicopters in Korea
Willie did something unique, he switched branches and joined the Army, where he became a helicopter, then airplane pilot. It was when he was stationed in Korea that he met his wife, Hoshumi. While in the Army, he earned a degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University, majoring in Aviation Safety and minoring in Airline Management. After 20 years of service, Willie retired from the military. He still had his passion for flying and decided to fly for a commercial freight company. That position took him away from his growing family too often, so he did what many of us dream of doing, he started his own trucking business!
Not one to sit at a desk, Willie drives one of his regional routes himself. He believes, this allows him to see the point of view the employee’s needs from a drivers’ point of view. This type of leadership will be an asset for CD33. This district is made up of hard workers that deserve a legislator that can relate and understands the needs of the people.
Willie and his wife, Hoshimi, with their four children know Texas is a great state and CD33 deserves a servant minded leader. As he has done with every challenge he’s faced, he will meet it with integrity and tenacity. Specifically, to CD33, Willie will not obstruct to economic growth this district desperately needs. He will work with the administration to continue policies that will provide a better tomorrow!