B.A. in Political Science and MPA in Public Policy
US Marine Corps, Retail Sales, Custodian, Radio & Broadcasting, Banking, and Teacher.
Precinct Chairman 2011-2017, Houston Young Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty, MLK Association of Houston
The three main issues directly affecting the people in district 127 are: property taxes, public education, and Harvey relief. The right to pursue and own property since the founding of these United States has always been essential parts of a free functioning civil society. An essential political philosopher which the Founders relied on was John Locke. In “The Second Treatise of Government,” Locke wrote: “[The government] cannot take from any man any part of his property without his own consent. For the preservation of property being the end of government, and that for which men enter into society it necessarily supposes and requires, that the people should have property, without which they must be suppos’d to lose that by entering into society, which was the end for which they entered into it, too gross an absurdity for any man to own.”
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), are actually well designed. However, the system for which they are to be implemented and tested makes it virtually impossible to foster an environment of creativity, necessary for young minds to truly learn. Education reform is needed, which includes increases in teacher's salary. The modern civil rights issue of today is school choice. However, Texas, the number one state in the union for championing limited government, in regards to school choice, has not lived up to that title.Texans can shrink the gap and increase freedom in education through, charter schools, voucher programs, educational savings accounts, trades programs and technology based learning (Google Classroom, etc.). Education is not about the system, but student. Therefore, parents should be allowed to use their tax dollars for public school to go towards the cost of charter, private school enrollment or homeschooling.
Government data shows that there are more people enslaved world-wide now, than any other time in history. This issue can not be addressed without a collective effort from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working together. Many of these victims of human trafficking are smuggled in across the boarders. The Texas legislature can play an important role in this effort by strengthening our boarders and cracking down on sanctuary cities. It should not be Texas alone in providing funding for programs that support victims, but the federal government as well.
MBA - University of Phoenix - 1998
BBA - Cleveland State University - 1991
President - The Parking REIT, 2016 – Present
Vice President, Sales & Acquisitions – JNL Parking, 2015 – 2016
Executive Vice President, SP Plus (Central Parking) – 2011 – 2014
Vice President, Clean Energy Fuels – 2009 – 2011
Board Member: Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Be An Angel Fund & Kingwood Musical Arts Society; Member: Lake Houston Area Pachyderm Club, Humble Rotary, Knights of Columbus; Associate Member: Kingwood Area Republican Women's Club
The flooding after Hurricane Harvey devastated our community. Once the water receded, more than 16,000 homes and 3,300 businesses in our area had been affected. It will be years before our community is fully restored. Until that time, recovery will remain my number one priority. This includes preventing future flooding; creating an authority to oversee the entire watershed; and modernizing obsolete policies and protocols of related state agencies. I will also continue to fight for adequacy and equity in our public schools. Public School Finance Reform was a major topic in the last session. Small steps were taken but full reform must be implemented to fix the issue and I will again champion those measures. Outside of these, I will continue to work to adopt meaningful property tax reform; keep business tax and regulation low and sensible; encourage fiscal discipline at all levels; enforce high standards of accountability for government and work to preserve our state’s resources.
As the Chairman of the House Public Education Committee, I plan to build upon our previous successes in the 85th Session and before to push for further positive reform for all Texas students, parents, administrators and teachers. There is much more to be done on public school finance to fix the system. Incremental steps are necessary to reach the final goal, but I am committed to finding a true solution to the financial issues our districts face. I was also recently appointed to the Commission on Public School Finance and I look forward to our upcoming hearings for detailed discussions on this issue.
Similarly, large issues still remain in the standardized testing system. We have made progress on this but more must be done to truly educate our students, versus having them be taught for a test. Our educators are capable of doing so much more and we must permit them more individuality in their classrooms in order to promote more growth in their students.
Human trafficking has become such a large issue in Texas. It is vital that we, as a legislative body, come together to support these victims and stop the traffickers. As a longtime supporter of FamilyTime Crisis & Counseling Center in Humble, I am very aware of the devastating effects this business can have on our communities. Houston serves as one of the largest hubs for human trafficking in the nation. The state should follow the example set by City leaders to raise awareness for victim identification and protection. But we must also look to how we can better partner with organizations like FamilyTime to further their successful programs. In the next legislative session, I look forward to addressing this issue. We have made some small steps, but more can always be done to ensure the safety of all Texans.