My wife Diana and I are blessed to be raising our family here in the town that raised me. We have a daughter, age 12, and two sons, ages 10 and 8. Since 2011, I’ve served as an Assistant District Attorney for Denton County. In my job, I advocate for crime victims and have prosecuted cases at every level, including crimes against children, DWIs, drug crimes, property crimes and homicides. I currently serve as the Chief Felony Domestic Violence Prosecutor for Denton County, as well as reviewing all misdemeanor domestic violence cases before they are filed.
I was honored to serve under Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for nearly three years in her Washington, D.C., office, including two years as Assistant Press Secretary.
Being a part of her team and observing a member of Congress interacting with constituents and members of federal, state and local governments was an immersive education.
The opportunity provided me with both first-hand exposure to “how things work” in government and the fine art of negotiation, knowledge that helps me everyday on Denton City Council.
After nearly three years in our nation’s capital, I decided to return to Texas and was fortunate to be accepted into the Baylor School of Law.
Prior to my time in Washington, I earned a bachelor’s of arts in history and political science at the University of North Texas, where I served as president of the Student Government Association.
A Denton native, I attended Denton High School, Calhoun Middle School and Hodge Elementary. My education in the Denton public schools was excellent. My compassionate and dedicated teachers helped provide a solid foundation for everything I have been able to accomplish since. I’m still in contact with many of these fine educators, and my high school choir director now serves as my campaign treasurer.
To me, public service is a privilege. I am currently in my second term on the Denton City Council, and was previously elected Mayor Pro Tem by my fellow Council Members. I serve on the Economic Development Partnership Board and the Council Committee on the Environment. I also chair the Downtown Economic Development Committee, the Development Code Review Committee, and the Council Community Partnership Committee, as well as the board of the North Texas Metroplex Children’s Choir. Previously, I served five years on the St. David’s Episcopal Church board and chaired a $3 million capital campaign for a new church building. I am a past president of the Denton Evening Rotary Club, was the founding chair of the City of Denton Board of Ethics, and formerly served on the Denton County Historical Commission Executive Committee.
The Boy Scouts of America has been an important and formative part of my life from an early age. I became an Eagle Scout with Troop 65 and have served in a variety of leadership positions within the Longhorn Council and at Worth Ranch Scout Camp, as a youth and adult Scouter.