I was born in Ardmore and I have deep roots in rural communities, communities which are similar to many located in Senate District 22. I graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with my bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in Pre-Law and Spanish. Having been raised by my mom and Navy dad, I know full well the struggles many military families face as they balance family life with duty. Veterans issues are also very close to my heart, as many of my family are veterans, and I’ve learned so much about what can be done to help these heroes once they’re back home.
When my mom and maternal grandmother were diagnosed with cancer in 2011, I saw them struggle with the current healthcare system, which drove me to get more involved with helping others who experienced these struggles. I’ve learned to think outside the box for solutions, such as when my family and I established a local firework business to raise funds to help pay the co-payments for cancer patients. I will work toward a healthcare system which works more efficiently and which helps patients more than it hurts them.
As the grandson of an immigrant, I’ll strive to find a balance between a secure border and an effective path to citizenship for those who come to America in search of a better life. I know many of their struggles, and I truly want to help build a stronger Oklahoma by making Oklahoma stronger for us all.