His personal journey from “Welfare to West Point” combined with his proven leadership and professional experience as a former army officer, lawyer, corporate manager, youth minister, as well as a community volunteer and community organizer demonstrate a lifetime commitment as a public servant.
Throughout his life, Champion has remained a consistent voice for all, with an unyielding devotion to his faith, family and community.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army with the West Point Class of 1986. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for over five years and was honorably discharged after earning the rank of U.S. Army Captain.
His military assignments include:
- Air Defense Artillery (Fort Bliss, TX),
- 2nd Infantry Division, Western Corridor/Demilitarized Zone (South Korea),
- 11th Infantry Regiment (Fort Benning, GA),
- U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY) and,
- 75th Army Reserve Command (Houston, TX).
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Jumpmaster Training, Airborne and Air Assault Badges.
A tireless advocate and “CHAMPION” for veterans’ rights, he currently serves as the military liaison for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, where he provides support to military veterans who work in law enforcement and to their families.
Champion has been a licensed attorney in Texas for over 20 years, having received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. His legal and professional experiences include General Civil and Criminal Law, Litigation, Business Law, Asset Protection & Estate Planning, Corporate Sales & Corporate Management with Fortune 50 Companies, Oil & Gas, Medical, Mortgage Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, and Law Enforcement.
A longstanding volunteer, he currently supports the advisory board for Beta Academy, a Houston area school where many students described as low socioeconomic status, consistently exceed Texas standard average on the standardized exams. He is also a former club president of Rotary International, a former board member at Weekley Family YMCA, and a former board member of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation.
Wendell Champion is a committed community organizer dedicated to improving the lives of families and children in need of assistance.
He and his wife have been married for 29 years and have been blessed with two children.