Experience and relationships are so important to the process of making laws in Jefferson City. What we don’t need are life-long politicians who are out of touch with what their constituents want and are not willing to work with other legislators in the Capitol building. We must have legislators who have working relationships with current decision makers, majority leadership (those who ultimately make some of the most important decisions in our state), existing committee members, and those who have a large impact on legislation that impacts the 49th District and Missouri as a whole.
Not only do I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science where I received a thorough education on state and local politics, but I understand the legislative process in Missouri. Throughout the past eight years I have developed hands-on experience by:
- Testifying on House and Senate committees concerning a myriad of issues, including health care, tax policy, pro-life legislation, and business among others.
- Building coalitions around conservative issues and platforms.
- Gaining experience working with current legislators in Missouri’s House of Representatives, especially the Republican Majority, including leadership.
- Helping pass important health care legislation, including a bill that allows pharmacist to meet with patients and develop more comprehensive health care and preventative services. Also, I was a part of a coalition of health care providers who helped pass a bill that provided audit protection for businesses that were being unfairly targeted for recoupment of health care payments.
With my experience and deep knowledge of the issues that are impacting the state of Missouri and the 49th District, coupled with the relationships I have forged with current legislators, I have the opportunity to reduce the learning curve that many freshman legislators face. Due to term limits, the learning curve for new legislators can be increasingly steep. The ability to reduce and overcome that learning curve that new legislators may face when entering the Missouri House gives me a great opportunity to more quickly dive in and make an immediate impact for the state and especially the district.
It’s crucial that we have legislators who understand the process, the issues, and have the ability to work with some of the most important decision makers in our state. I believe with my unique experience in the halls of the legislature, I can make an immediate impact on the process of moving Missouri in the right direction.
While legislative and relationship building experience is important and necessary to move Missouri forward, it is equally important that we have lawmakers who are invested in their community.
I have committed to serving the people in my community in several ways, including:
- Chairman of the Jefferson City Area Young Life and Capernaum Ministry – Young Life is committed to introducing teenagers to Jesus. Capernaum, a ministry of Young Life, is devoted to serving children/students (K-12) with special needs in the school system.
- Helping raise nearly $50,000 in the immediate aftermath of the Joplin tornado on May 22nd, 2011 to go towards necessary medical expenses/needs.
- Board member of the Jefferson City Church of the Nazarene.
- Holts Summit Fire Protection District (HSFPD) Board member and part of the group of decision makers who voted to refinance the HSFPD bond to reduce the eventual payoff amount which will save taxpayers approximately $150,000 over the term of the bond.
- My wife is a counselor who works with the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association to counsel families who have adopted or foster children. Amy’s experience serving these families, as well as other families in the community as a Professional School Counselor and counselor in private practice has been instrumental in our understanding of the needs of folks who sacrifice so much for kids who are in deep need of help, love, and a home.