I am a practicing general and trauma surgeon. My family and I put down roots in Texas in 2014, and we have developed a deep affection for this state that has adopted us. I was born an Oklahoman and then grew up in Southwest Kansas. I also lived for 2 years in Arizona while my father served in the Air Force. During my youth, I spent long hours working on our family farms with my parents, brother and extended family. My father was a surgeon and my mother was a nurse, so my career in medicine came naturally. Together, they imparted to me a strong work ethic, a centered moral compass, and a sense of social responsibility. I lived, practiced and raised my own family in Hutchinson, KS over a period of nearly 25 years. During that time, I served approximately 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three grown children and two grandchildren.

As a physician, I have witnessed the most tragic events here at home, as well as in developing countries around the world. I know how fortunate we are in America – but there is still more we can and must do to ensure that all Americans have the chance to reach the American Dream. I believe that means we must make quality healthcare a reality for every American. We have to ensure real educational opportunity for all students – regardless of their neighborhood or school district. And, it means we have to always fight to protect equal rights for all Americans and stand up to the forces – whether here in Texas, or on a national level – that try to divide America.

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