I grew up in Elwood and joined the Army at 18 after high school. I enlisted to be an infantry soldier. I went to airborne school and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the elite 82nd Airborne Division. In 2005 I was sent to New Orleans to help in the Hurricane Katrina relief where I was awarded the Humanitarian Service Ribbon and the Army Achievement Medal. I deployed to Iraq in 2007 as a part of the troop surge.
After my service, I returned to Indiana and have lived in Anderson since. I worked at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino while attending college at Ball State University on the Post 9/11 GI Bill. I received my bachelor’s degree where the focus of my studies was Politics and International Relations.
After college I began working in the insurance industry. I have been married to my wife Rachael, a registered nurse, for 5 years. Rachael is pursuing her dream of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. We have two young children at home who I care for, Connor, 8 years old, and Cohen, 1 year old.
I have been an active volunteer for various Federal, State and Local Democratic candidates for office since 2008. It began by attending a fundraiser at current Indiana Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane’s home that he hosted for former State Rep and U.S. House candidate, Scott Reske. I have since been an active volunteer canvasser, knocking doors and making phone calls for democrats whose candidacy and platform I am most passionate about.
My politics lie in my passion for people. I grew up in a devoutly Christian household where we attended church 3 times a week and prayed before every meal. I owe my morals and ethics to my upbringing in the church. I strongly value our American social programs that protect our most vulnerable and I will always support and defend them as a member of Congress.
I believe, above all else, we must take care of our own, which includes the poor, immigrants, minorities and our children. These, and others are constantly under attack from a Republican agenda that seeks to undermine the very people, they have sworn to defend. As a Member of Congress, I will always put human rights before that of any material object or belief.