Growing up, I worked as a janitor during high school to help pay my family’s bills. Upon graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and later was fortunate to receive an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. While at West Point, I studied I focused my studies on national security and international affairs, as well as the Arabic language.
During my Army career, I served as an Assault Helicopter Flight Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division and later ran U.S. Army Aviation Operations for Peace Enforcement between Israel and Egypt. Additionally, I am a former Army Ranger and Senior Parachutist.
Before being elected to Congress, I owned a small business. My consulting firm specialized in lean manufacturing and systems integration.
I will always make service, accessibility, and outreach, to those I represent a top priority. Before being elected to Congress, I served on the board of the Regional Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), an organization that helps foster children struggling to deal with problems due to abuse and neglect navigate the legal and social service systems. My oldest daughter Becky and I also served as mentors and tutors in inner city schools. I served for eight years as a volunteer Chaplain for the Kentucky Corrections Cabinet.
My wife Pat and I live in Hebron, Kentucky, and have six children and were just blessed with the recent birth of our first grandchild.