I was born in Athens, Texas. I lived there for the first 19 years of my life, and my parents live there to this day. I am a graduate of Athens High School and Trinity Valley Community College. I have a Bachelors Degree from Baylor and a Medical Doctor Degree from UT southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
I met and married my wife Shari during residency, and we’ve enjoyed 16 great years together. Not only is she a part-time physician, but also an incredible mom to our two kids, Lilly (age 13), and Luke (age 11). My children and I are truly blessed to have her in our lives.
My parents, along with the good people of Henderson County, taught me a lot growing up. If I was in trouble at school or church, I was in trouble at home. As a kid, my friends and I had the run of the neighborhood on our bikes until the streetlights came on. I worked mowing baseball fields during the day and umpiring softball games at night. Late summers I would help my grandfather plow black dirt cotton fields and hunt and fish on his ranch in Central Texas. From this upbringing, I learned respect for God, the outdoors, others, and a hard day’s work.
After 12 years of college, medical school, and residency, Shari and I returned to Athens and I practiced surgery there for 6 years. We had our 2 children there and invested our time and values in the lives of several youth who are now adults and have their own families. We moved to Kaufman over 8 years ago mostly so I could have more time to spend with my family. It is still a struggle to find the time I need for work, kids, church, all the busyness of life, but life is good.
The people of District 4 have been my mentors and friends. We share the same hopes and dreams for ourselves and our children. Most want to preserve the good life we have. We want strong community where hard work, respect and character are valued. I have tried to live my life as a servant and place others first. These are my values, these are our values, and I want to take these values to Austin.
I believe in the God of the Holy Bible. He created all things in his infinite wisdom and I cannot, in my finite wisdom, comprehend Him fully. I believe that He is holy and that I am not. Because of my failure, the coming, death, and resurrection of Jesus was necessary to restore my relationship with holy God. I believe that absolute truth exists and we should seek it.