Plano resident and Air Force Veteran Jeff Quiggle is a partner manager for a small cloud software company, where he works to recruit other companies to help sell its software.
Born in San Bernardino, California, Jeff comes from a long line of proud, service-minded Americans. His ancestors arrived in North America in 1732. Several Quiggles fought for American independence from Great Britain in the Revolutionary War, and a later generation of Quiggles served in the Union Army during the Civil War, including two of Jeff’s direct ancestors. True to his roots, Jeff joined the Air Force just a couple weeks after graduating high school in 1983. After being commissioned through the US Air Force Academy, he spent much of his Air Force career in the Pacific, with one east-coast tour in Maryland.
He loves the outdoors: camping, hiking, scuba-diving, kayaking, or just being at the beach. Big Bend National Park is right here in Texas and is one of his favorite places in the world. He and Cathy (also former Air Force) have been married for 28 years and have two children: Gillian is a senior Music-Ed major at Texas Tech, and Brendan is a senior at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco ISD.
“Democratic values are my values.”
Jeff is a relative newcomer to Democratic politics, and politics period. Before 2016, he had considered himself to be a moderate Republican, but was turned off by the rise of the Tea Party in Texas beginning in 2010. He always voted, but didn’t put up his first yard sign until 2016. Like so many of us, Jeff saw Trump as a real threat to democracy, but although he voted for Hillary Clinton in the general election, he felt like he “didn’t do much more” than that.
“The day after the election, I knew I was done with Republicans for good, and I knew I had to get active and do something,” Jeff says. So, in early 2017, Jeff and Cathy started attending meetings and demonstrations, including the DFW airport protests against Trump’s Muslim ban, and gradually becoming more involved in local politics. He served as a delegate to the Collin County Democratic Convention and the Texas State Convention in 2018. He organized veterans to support Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign and supported our local candidates in 2018. As current Vice President of the Plano Area Democrats Club, his dedication to the Democratic cause continues.
Jeff describes his role as an activist in Collin County as “both exciting and frustrating. It’s exciting in that we are at the edge of turning Texas Blue; but that means we are having to fight every day for every gain, and gains are hard.” For example, he points to the narrow loss of the 2018 House District 66 election—just 390 votes!—as one of the tougher moments. But . . . BUT . . . “we’re close, and we all know it, and when we finally turn the corner and elect Democratic candidates to HD66, HD67, SD8, and CD3, send a Democrat to the Senate, and to the White House, it’ll be worth it.”
I couldn’t agree more.