Tufts, International Affairs w/ Minor in Physics
Harvard, Kennedy School, Masters of Public Administration
2017 - Military Legislative Fellow for Congressman Pete Sessions.
2006 – 2016 U.S. Navy SEAL with Deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, South Korea. Medically Retired Lt. Commander.
Volunteer for Travis Manion Foundation (Gold Star Families), Navy SEAL Foundation, One Summit, and volunteered with Team Rubicon during Hurricane Harvey Clean Up. Advocate for charter school legislation while at HKS. Member Harvard Kennedy School
1. Border Security and National Security– My operational background makes me uniquely qualified to understand and assess what is needed by our Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents. We need to build a WALL, increase border patrol and technology/surveillance, and END sanctuary cities/chain migration/lottery system. On National Security issues, we need knowledge and experience in Congress, not talking points. North Korea is on the brink, Iran is looming. I understand what is needed for our military and how best to support them effectively.
2. National Debt and Spending – Tackle Mandatory Spending Programs. End entitlement/dependency cycle and create a path to self-sustainment, accountability, and dignity; not endless handouts that cause dependency.
3. Free-enterprise1: I believe our free-market capitalist ideas need to be defended more than ever, and we need true leaders in Congress to fight against overregulation, over-taxation, and federal overreach.
We need a free market, patient-centered health care system. Unfortunately, ObamaCare was a massive government takeover of the health care system, and it has been an unmitigated disaster. ObamaCare has caused health care costs to go up, has kicked millions of Americans off of their health insurance plans, and has increased taxes, all of which have been detrimental to the healthcare system.
We need to replace it with a health care system that puts patients first, encourages competition, allows consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, and expands health savings accounts.
I understand all too well the experience of being a patient in socialized medicine, both in the military and the VA. When no one is held accountable, and there’s no competition, quality of care suffers and prices skyrocket. We must give states the flexibility to experiment with solutions that deliver the cheapest and highest quality care to the most people.
As the debate in Congress rages on and Democrats make false accusations about Republican ideas, we must stick to free-market principles. We have to give corporations the incentives to repatriate their profits so we can grow our tax base, and encourage investment.We must simplify the individual income tax, and remove deductions that distort our economy and reduce revenue unnecessarily. We must stand for pro-growth policies because we cannot lift the poor out of poverty or raise middle-class wages without a strong and growing economy. This is common sense economics.
We must embrace free trade, and seek to give our businesses advantages by reducing regulatory burdens and lowering corporate tax rates. Small businesses are the primary driver of growth in this country and we need to ensure their success. It should be easy for entrepreneurs to start up their business and contribute to our strong economy. We have to protect the business owners that cannot afford to pay teams of lawyers.
BBA, Texas Tech University, Class of 1988
Executive Vice President, Maxor National Pharmacy Services, Jul 1991-Jan 2002
Executive Director, The Lanier Law Firm, Jan 2002-Present
Deacon, Champion Forest Baptist Church
Member, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Klein ISD Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Community Advisory Council for Lone Star College - University Parks
The top priority for anyone representing this district must be to start cutting through the red tape of Washington and state agencies on behalf of our neighbors, especially those who are still dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. FEMA, Congress, and the GLO have been way too slow to get the dollars needed to help with the recovery. But it’s not enough to put things back the way they were – we need to be focused on solutions that stop this cycle of flooding in our communities. Our reputation as one of best parts of the country to live in depends on us not choosing to do the same things over and over again and expecting a different result. That’s why I plan to focus on getting more dollars to help prepare our infrastructure for the future and improve flood mitigation as well as supporting both Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s plan and the Lake Houston Chamber’s plan.
Above all, the American people need to have options for choosing healthcare options that suit their needs. Rather than expand options in the marketplace, Obamacare reduced them and, in turn, caused prices to rise so fast, people could not afford the few options available to them. Instead, we need federal rules to allow for buying insurance across state lines, individuals and small businesses to be able to band together in Associated Health Plans so they can then negotiate for health coverage like corporations and labor unions are able, and we need to allow people to save or spend dollars tax free on their health care premiums. Another major issue that must be addressed is the rising drug prices, which is a major component of health insurance. We need to be demanding reform at the FDA to bring drugs to market more quickly and allowing generics to be brought to the marketplace more easily that we do now.
I believe in the power of the American free market. It is important that Washington DC is focused on getting government out of the way – not regulate the market to death. I met with a small business owner just the other day who told me that his company is paying $14,000 per year, per employee – just in compliance costs. The attitude of the Obama administration, which regulated the economy to death, is why we saw such anemic growth during his time in office. In Texas, we have taken the opposite approach and maintain a low tax, low regulation environment that has repeatedly delivered more growth and opportunities than any state in the nation.