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  • Married to Karen for 36 years
  • Four children, all married, and five grandchildren
    • Simeon and Ashley
    • Caleb and Alexus
    • Titus and Emily
    • Anneke and Jesse


  • Born in Holland in 1957
  • Naturalized citizen at 8 years of age
  • Graduated from high school in 1975
  • Eagle Scout - Paper Route - High School State Manager
  • Graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1979
  • Lived in Kansas House District 82 since 1995
  • Remodeling an old farmhouse just east of Mulvane


  • Flew Helicopters for the United States Air Force, 1979-1986
  • Captain - Instructor Pilot - Flight Examiner
  • Combat Rescue and VIP Support – UH-1N Helicopter
  • Colorado, Alabama, New Mexico, and Japan
  • Resigned military commission and moved to Wichita in 1987
  • Wichita Area Director for Crown Financial Ministries - 1987-1991
  • Graduated from College of Financial Planners in 1990
  • Financial Counseling Practice and Ministry from 1991-2000
  • Habitat for Humanity Board – Vice President
  • Co-founder – HopeNet, Inc
  • Founder and President, Shepherd's Staff Ministries, Inc. 2000- present
    • Financial Counseling Ministry
    • Sells no insurance or investment products
    • Supervises 120 trained volunteer financial counselors
  • Attending South Rock Christian Church in Derby, KS


  • Gore Township Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1996
  • Chairman, Sumner County Republican Central Committee, 2005-2007
  • Treasurer for Ray La Boeuf’s run for State Senate
  • Served as Alternate Delegate for the 4th Congressional District
  • State Representative since May, 2008
  • Committee Assignments (past and present): General Government Budget (Chairman), Appropriations, Insurance, Financial Institutions (Chairman), Federal and State Affairs, Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice

A conservative Republican supporting lower taxes, less government, family values, quality education, and financial common sense.