A conservative approach to leadership based on faith, freedom, and hard work.
My Christian values continue to drive me to be a positive leader in my family, friendships, work, and community. My parents raised me Methodist until I became Baptist in 1995. God has blessed me with my wonderful wife Amy, and I have been a faithful and loving husband for more than 26 incredible years. God has called me to be a servant to others which is why I am a passionate volunteer who has been helping others in Anderson-area organizations throughout my entire life, beginning at the age of 14 when I joined my siblings on the Anderson Rescue Squad. Lastly, my faith compels me to be the kind of leader who advocates for those who do not have a voice, including the unborn.
My parents instilled great patriotism in me. My dad was a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and my mom was a loving stay-at-home mother to my four siblings and I. As a legislator, I want to make my parents proud by supporting our constitutional rights. The right to bear arms is very important to me as a CWP holder and NRA member. Because I was raised to love my country, I am respectful of our military and law enforcement officers. Since these men and women have dedicated their lives to ensuring our safety, I will dedicate my legislative career to making sure they have the resources they need, just as I did during my three and a half terms on Anderson City Council.
In 1984, I left my parent's home with $600 to my name to pursue my goals and dreams. After lots of prayers, support from friends, long nights, and discipline, I funded my own studies and earned two college degrees. My drive eventually led me to found two companies that have employed more than 50 personnel. This hard work has taught me far more lessons than I have space to list, but all these lessons have shaped the man, employer, and community leader I have become. I lead with empathy and compassion because I have been in the shoes of the working student as well as the entrepreneur who is just trying to make a name for themselves.