For most of my life I have been a pretty normal guy. My wife and I settled in Austin, TX, and last summer we found out we were going to have our first child.
With that amazing and incredible news, I started to feel the need to improve our home in preparation for the big arrival. Then in November, after election night, that feeling started to grow: from how I could make my home better, to what I could do to make my community better.
My daughter was born in April and my perspective completely shifted. An amazing, awesome, and terrifying responsibility to bring this child up and give her the tools necessary to survive and thrive in this world swelled from inside me. I was surprised. I was overwhelmed. I realized then that I had to truly put myself out there to try to make the world a better place. It wasn’t just my world I had to make better, I felt the need to fight with everything I have to make the world a better place for my new daughter. I was embarrassed with how little I personally had done to ensure her future was a bright one. It was then that I realized I had to run for the House of Representatives Texas’ 10th Congressional Seat.
That is how I got here today – and with your help, Washington DC is where I will be headed in November 2018. Since I am new to this arena and am certain that most of you have no idea who I am, here is a little bit more of my personal history…enjoy.
Born into a family of educators with both my Mom and Dad now retired after decades working in the Middle/High School level. Education has basically been the family business since the 1850s! I am also the eldest of three kids and we grew up in Arizona.Read more
My brother, my sister and I grew up super close. I ended up playing soccer in college with my brother, getting a job working with my sister, and eventually we were in each others’ weddings.Read more
After high school, I started volunteering as an Assistant Coach for the Girl’s Soccer Team with my father. We coached along side one another for over 10 years.Read more
After some odd jobs, I began my 9 year career in the Hospitality Industry where I was positioned in 3 separate properties in 2 different countries. I worked in a number of positions from Bellman, Front Desk Agent, and Concierge to Overnight Manager, Guest Experience Manager, and Kid’s Club manager.Read more
After starting in hospitality, I was quickly bitten by the travel bug and began traveling as much as I could. First I traveled around the US and started soaking up all of the amazing sites and meeting the friendly people we are surrounded by. Then I went out into the big world on as many adventures as I could afford. I was lucky enough to visit Peru, Japan, Cambodia, Australia and would eventually travel to Tanzania, Kenya, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.Read more
Me and Kate
During my adventures in the world, I realized that I needed to live abroad, before I had anything tying me to a place like a wife or a kid. Through work, I moved to an island nation in the Indian Ocean called Seychelles. As it so happened, after just over 6 months, I met a beautiful American woman from Texas while walking on the beach. We started dating, we moved back to the US together, became…Read more
The reason Kate and I moved to Texas was to work for Kate’s brother, my brother-in-law, for a company he is a partial owner of as a Project Manager and Business Manager here in Austin. We are working on some projects in Houston and in Sugar Land here in Texas.Read more
Since living in Austin, Kate and I have been lucky enough to have welcomed some of the all around best pets anyone could ask for. Our dog, Ty, a rescue with a terrible backstory. We also have 2 cats, Sir Tuxedo Jones from Austin Pets Alive, and Princess Wickett Von Poof who showed up at our doorstep on a cold and rainy day. Princess and Tux chase each other around all day, and Tux & Ty were actually on TV for a brief moment for their antics.Read more
The last and most influential member of our family is Charlotte. Born and raised in Texas, Charlotte has the world’s best smile and will share it with everyone; she is incredibly inquisitive and will stare at the world around her; she moves non-stop and we are petrified of how much exactly we will be chasing her down once she realizes how to go mobile. She is also the reason I realized that I need to run for Congress in 2018.Read more
Kate grew up in Houston, New Braunfels, and Dallas and after college she has lived in Austin since 2005…except for when she lived in Seychelles and met Richie. Kate’s Mother’s family (on both sides) has lived in Central Texas for generations since coming over from Germany with one set of ancestors settling Pflugerville. Her Father’s family is from the Sour Lake area in Southeast Texas and has also been in Texas for generations.Read more