My life experiences have taught me to base my decisions on my love for God, country and family, and the importance of faith.
I was elected in 2002 to the Kansas House of Representatives. I have served in the following committees: Chairman of the Joint House and Senate Kansas Security; Chairman of the Military, Veterans and Homeland Security; Vice Chairman of Elections; Member of Taxation; Member of Federal and State; Member of Financial Institutions; Member of Insurance; Member of Local Government.
I retired from the Air Force Reserve as a colonel in 2002. I served for 32 years in the Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve. I am a "Desert Storm" veteran, having flown 36 missions; and a command pilot with more than 6,000 military flying hours.
I worked at Boeing Aircraft Company from 1974 to 2005, having worked as a manager, marketer, engineer, and a pilot in flight test.
I have received numerous community, military, and leadership awards. These awards include: The Air Force Legion of Merit, Leadership Wichita, and The Outstanding Liaison Officer for the Nation.
I supported myself and paid my way at Wichita State University to earn a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
I left Cuba in 1961 for Miami, Florida, as part of "Operation Pedro Pan"; after having experienced Fidel Castro's communist/socialist despotic control of the government. I was sent to Mariana Children's Home, an orphanage in Wichita, Kansas, which provided for my care and education until I turned 18.