Greg Sagan was raised in an Air Force family and grew up attending schools from Texas to South Dakota and Maine to California. He has a BA in Political Science with a minor in History from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University), an MBA in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Marketing from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, and he has completed the course work for a Ph.D. in Industrial Relations with minors in Labor Economics and Research Methodology at the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the US Navy for 14 years rising from the rank of Seaman Recruit to Lieutenant Commander, and he is a Vietnam veteran. While serving on active duty he was on the commissioning crew of USS Frederick, LST-1184, and he served on the staff of Commander US Naval Forces Philippines, where he was a US Navy delegate to SEATO planning conferences and the Navy coordinator for Apollo/Skylab Contingency Recovery Team Training. His last four years in the Navy he spent as a consultant to flag officers on human resource management and leadership development issues during the US military’s transition from a draft-oriented to an all-volunteer force. Upon leaving the Navy in 1984 he worked as a consultant to senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies, primarily in the nuclear power industry, including Florida Power and Light, GPU Nuclear, Iowa Electric, Detroit Edison, Wisconsin Electric, Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Southern California Edison, Pennsylvania Electric, the Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations and the American Nuclear Society. He was the lead consultant for the Operator Team Training project at Three Mile Island that allowed the restart of the Unit 1 reactor after the Unit 2 meltdown. He also participated in consulting engagements for senior executive teams of New York Life, Bell Atlantic, Rocketdyne, EDS, HR Textron and various divisions of Singer.
Greg wrote weekly editorials for a regional daily newspaper for fourteen years. For the past three years, he was retired and living in Amarillo, Texas with his wife, best-selling author Dianne G. Sagan, until November 9, 2016. That’s when everything began to change. Greg had never previously affiliated with any political party.
However, in 2018 he will be running for the US House of Representatives from Texas District 13. He is running as a Democrat, but not your “usual” Democrat, which he explains below.
“First you should know why I am running. I know that many voters in this District voted for Donald Trump, and I believe I understand why. I don’t intend to defend Hillary Clinton here, and I don’t intend to mount an emotional take down of either the President or Congressman Thornberry. But I am outraged at much of what our President has done since taking office, most of which strikes in one way or another at your wallets, and the Republicans in Congress today seem to be unwilling or unable to stand up to him for your interests. I know that Congressman Thornberry is popular among most of the voters in this District, but I believe his loyalty to his party and his unwillingness to listen to his constituents’ complaints are signs that he is no longer effective in his role as your representative.”
“I am a former Navy officer and a veteran of Vietnam. I am the son of a WW II veteran who served in China and the grandson of a WW I veteran who served in France, and I come from a long and strong “service” tradition.”
“I have unique training and extensive experience, both in the Navy and in the private sector, as a consultant to senior leaders on human performance, teamwork and leadership issues.”
“I intend to begin my campaign not by making long speeches to large groups in the major cities and towns in this District but with a “listening tour.” I want to come to your turf and listen to what you have to say.”
“I don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, a man or a woman, a Christian or something else. I want to take your voices to Washington, and I want you to feel like I’m working for you.”
“Because if you elect me then I will be.”