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Visiting Branson when 'The Strip' was a two lane road, 35 years ago I knew that this would be home, the perfect place to raise a family and help build the community.

An Army Veteran, I served as a soldier of the distinguished 82nd Airborne Division, located at Fort Bragg N.C. My time as a paratrooper, having achieved the rank of Sergeant, culminated in being chosen Trooper of the Quarter, representing the elite divison at the annual AUSA dinner in Washington D.C. My time in the Adjutant General Company instilled in me the attitudes of dogged-perseverance, how to put Country before self, and the discipline that it takes to be 'Above the Best'.

Following my tour of duty, I took advantage of the educational opportunities available to me, graduating from Southwest Missouri State University with a four year degree in Communications/Public Relations. I was also elected the President of the College Republicans, establishing the largest ever group in Missouri college history.

While in college, I met the love of my life and soon to be wife, Valerie. Valerie's nurturing care and her career as a nurse, 18 years at Skaggs/Cox hospitals, has been invaluable in establishing our home, here in Taney County.


We have been married 33 years, and have 3 grown children Daniel, Taylor and Reagan. All three of the kids went to Branson Public Schools, K-12 and Daniel later graduated from College of the Ozarks (and then Regent University School of Law), Taylor spent 5 years in the Army stationed at Ft. Hood, and Reagan is currently following in her mother's footsteps as a Certified Nurses Assistant (soon to be LPN).

My career path in Branson has seen me create, own, and operate Music Country News, Branson's premiere monthly newspaper in the 1990's and beyond. Wearing virtually ALL of the hats, I helped promote the areas Music and Live Entertainment venues, and my passion to do so remains to this day.

Most importantly, after almost 30 years of Bible teaching at various area churches, most notably First Baptist Church of Branson, I was called to pastor Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, a small gathering of believers who put God's Word as the central facet of their lives.

Currently I manage Branson's multi-million dollar carwash, Splash Carwash.

I know how to work hard and am ready to serve as your State Representative for the 156th District.

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