I am thankful to be the son of a school teacher and United States Marine. I was raised in a home where service to others was a way of life. My parents and grandparents worked at a school for economically disadvantaged children. The school gave the children the opportunity to plant their feet and rise. My uncle served in World War II and the Korean War. He and the men he served with led our country with bravery and integrity.
Throughout my life, as my wife and I have raised our own family, I have tried to honor our shared American values through service to our country and our community.
I served in the FBI following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. At the time of the terrorist attacks, I was serving as a state prosecutor fighting street crime. After our nation was attacked, I applied to the FBI and went on to serve as an agent, focusing on counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and international fugitive investigations.
I served most recently as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice on our nation’s health care fraud strike force.
Serving side by side with dedicated federal law enforcement agents, we shut down scammers and con artists who stole from Medicare, TRICARE, and other health insurance plans—programs our veterans, our older friends and neighbors, and all of us depend on for health care coverage.
I have the privilege of serving in one of the most important jobs in the world: teaching. I teach at Stetson University College of Law and at the University of Tampa. I am also thankful I have had the opportunity throughout my career to contribute to successful businesses as a leader and counselor.
My wife and I live in Trinity with our son and our three daughters. I am the author of a children’s book entitled Seagrass Surprise. Our love of Florida’s natural treasures—and the belief that we all can make a positive difference—inspired the story.
Our American story, the story we all share, is powerful. Let’s use the power of our stories to renew our shared American values and restore honest American service.