Pilot shot down in Bosnia running for Texas House

July 6, 2011 4:37:05 AM PDT
A U.S. fighter pilot who was shot down over Bosnia is running for the Texas House of Representatives. Capt. Scott O'Grady was flying an F-16 when he was shot down by Bosnian Serbs in 1995 while enforcing a NATO no-fly zone. He evaded capture for six days before he was rescued by U.S. Marines.

Now he is running as a conservative Republican in District 33, which will be in North Texas after redistricting. The district is centered on Rockwall, but forms a fish hook shape into Collin County. The area's current legislator is Republican Rep. Jodie Laubenburg.

O'Grady said in a statement that he will champion small business, oppose big government and defend gun rights.

District maps are redrawn every 10 years and must account for population changes.