I was raised in South Florida, and then attended Syracuse University and later Washington and Jefferson College, where I also played football. After a stint in Washington, DC working for U.S. Senator Connie Mack, I returned home to attend the University of Florida, where I earned a Masters Degree, and then to the University of Miami Law School, where I met my wife, Tara.
After law school, Tara and I joined the U.S. Army JAG Corps. I served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for all of Fort Hood, the largest military installation in the country. Following our service at Fort Hood, I was offered the unbelievable opportunity to teach Constitutional, Criminal, and Military Law to the cadets at the United States Military Academy, so we packed up the truck and moved to West Point, NY.
When Tara and I ended our active-duty service in the Army, our family returned to Florida, where I worked as a prosecutor for the Attorney General's office. I later became CEO at The Children's Place at Home Safe – a charity that serves over 300 abused, neglected, and abandoned children. In 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed me to the Board of the Children's Service Council of Palm Beach.
On November 4th 2008, I was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. I now serve on the House Appropriations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence. I am a member of the Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and State and Foreign Operations, and I serve as a Republican Deputy Whip.
As a member of Congress, I have fought to reduce the size and scope of the federal government and to get our national debt under control. I have worked to keep taxes low and promote an environment where the private sector can grow and create jobs. Through my position on the Appropriations and Intelligence Committees, I have promoted strong policies to keep our nation safe. Tara and I were stationed at Fort Hood on 9/11, along with our newborn son. The opportunity to continue serving my country and to do all I could to prevent another attack on American soil was my primary motivation in running for Congress, and it guides my decision-making every day.
One of my top priorities has been ensuring that our nation's veterans get the benefits they deserve. I have worked to expand mental health services for veterans and to protect TRICARE, GI bill, and VA benefits. My office has worked with local veterans to navigate the VA system and ensure they get the benefits they have earned.
I am proud and excited to run for reelection in Florida's 17th District.