Daniel Pugel is a retired law enforcement agent, retired financial adviser, and investment consultant. He lives in Normandy Park, Washington. Pugel has two children and four grandchildren. Pugel's education in law enforcement began at Lower Columbia College, where he received an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement. He was also named Outstanding Law Enforcement Student. Pugel continued his education at California State University in Long Beach (CSULB), where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology. While attending CSULB, Pugel served in leadership roles, including President of Associated Resident Students. He remains active in alumni activities at the school to this day.