|Representative for the 20th District
I am currently serving my third term in the Kansas House of Representatives. I was first elected to represent the 20th district in November of 2010. In the Legislature, I have focused on working toward a smaller, more efficient government that is accountable to the residents of the State of Kansas. I have worked hard to protect and improve our local public schools and fought for the disabled and most vulnerable in our community. As a fourth-generation Kansan, I appreciate the strong values that have been instilled in me. I grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas, where I learned at an early age the importance of family, community and hard work. I represent these values each day in Topeka as your representative.
I live in Leawood, Kansas with my wife, Janell, and our two children, Emma and our new baby Kate. I am a member of Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church and am an active volunteer for charitable causes in our community. My wife has been recognized for her work with low-income children in our community and across the United States. Her passion is helping children in need recieve medical care that they would otherwise never be able to afford. She also assists with charity work that is focused on veterans that have recently returned from combat.
As a graduate of Shawnee Mission Public Schools (Prairie Elementary, Indian Hills Middle School and SM East High School), I understand the importance of maintaining the quality of public education available in our community. During high school, I ran track, cross country and played basketball. I was an assistant editor of the school newspaper and a member of the debate team. Based on my experience, I understand how important a well-rounded education is to the full development of our children.
I attended the University of Kansas, where I received my undergraduate degree in English with honors and distinction. At KU, I was an active campus leader. I earned the Spears Scholarship for academic achievement, was named an ambassador for the University of Kansas and a community service chairman for Rock Chalk Review.
Upon graduation, I attended the University of Kansas School of Law. During law school, I served on the Student Bar Association finance committee, assisted the local community as a representative for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and earned a CALI award for excellence in the study of contract law.