My family settled here before Kentucky was designated a state, which makes me a proud 7th generation Kentuckian. I joined the U.S. Army in 1982 and served my country for over 22 years until I retired in 2004. I retired as a Senior Special Agent with the Army Criminal Investigation Command.
After retiring from the military I went on to teach Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Terrorism related topics at Eastern Kentucky University and at Ohio University’s Southern Campus in Ironton. I attended Wayland Baptist University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree specializing in Criminal Justice. I also earned a double Master’s degree from Webster University in Management and Organizational and Business Security Management. At the Army's insistence, I attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and Training Development.
In recent years I have dedicated myself to my community. I am active in my church and on the board of directors for the “I Believe Foundation”. I also coached a Special Olympics baseball team my daughter played on. I also am a volunteer pilot with the Veteran’s Airlift Command, transporting wounded veterans to and from medical treatment facilities.
I am a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation and an active member of the Northeastern Kentucky Fish and Game Association. I also belong to several other groups including the Airplane Owners and Pilot’s Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans Association, the Ashland Rotary Club, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, the U.S. Army CID Agents Association and the Fraternal Order of the Police.
Most importantly I am a devoted husband to my wife, Wendy and a devoted father to our children: Kaitlyn (21), Emily (19), and Jonathan (8).
What I plan to achieve
- Provide solutions to our area to tackle the devastating opioid epidemic.
- Improve the road to an economic rebirth for our region started by Governor Bevin.
- Be an advocate for our veterans and fight for their issues in Frankfort.
- Form relationships with other elected officials in our area to form a coalition to fight for the future of our area.
- Improve the quality of education and access to that education in our region
- Focus on early access to trades training.
- Be a voice for the working class of Eastern Kentucky.
- Make sure Eastern Kentucky is a focus in future development opportunities.