- My Early Life
I grew up in a large family, one of eight children. Growing up in that environment taught me many valuable life lessons. I learned the value of hard work, I learned how to work together, and I learned that you had to care for not only your family, but your neighbors, and your community. Like many children my first job outside the home was as a paperboy, this job taught me how raise early, work hard rain or shine, and how to be accountable for your actions.
- Military Service
After finishing high school, I felt drawn to serve so I joined the Army where I served as a member of the Special Operation Command for more than 20 years prior to my retirement. During my service I was called twice to serve on combat tours in the Middle East where I was able to use my ability to speak multiple languages to their fullest extent. I am profoundly thankful that throughout my years of service I had the steadfast support of my wife and children.
During my final years in the Army I was fortunate to be able to move to Springdale and complete my education at the University of Arkansas “WPS” where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree.
After completing college I opened a small business where I learned new life lessons like how to find solutions to real world problems, how to live within a budget, how to plan for the future, how to build teams, and how to make a payroll. During this same time I continued my service to the community by serving on the Planning Commission before winning election onto the Springdale City Council where I worked to improve the infrastructure, improve city services, and support our Police and Fire Departments. Feeling called to further service I ran for and was elected as the Assessor for Washington County where I served two-terms. Finally, in 2016 I was elected to serve the people of the 89th district as their State Representative.
- Community and Volunteer Service
Susan G Komen Foundation – 15 year member of the Steering Committee
VA Golden Age Games – Organized events for senior veterans
Planning Commission – Commissioner and Chair
Springdale City Council – Serving on budget, police and fire, community block grant development committees among others.
Washington County Assessor – Two-terms
State Representative – Present