A native Nevadan, I returned to the Silver State after medical school in St. Louis, a family practice residency in Phoenix, and 3 cold South Dakota winters with the United State Air Force. Nevada is where I raised my family, served my community, and entered politics. Nevada and its people are, and always will be, an integral part of who I am today.
One of my favorite poems, penned by Abou Ben Adem, illustrates how I would like to be judged; as one who loved his fellowman.
Today, I continue to serve my fellowman, an attribute that I have exhibited since my youth. Public service and an emphasis on the needs of others have been part of my life since childhood. I “helped” with the construction of a church before the age of 8; collected donations to help the poor as a 12 year old; was elected High School Junior Class President and then Student Body President; as a college freshman I served as the Publicity Chairman for Walk for Development which benefitted Meals-on-Wheels as well as a Guatemalan welfare project (I walked the 30 miles and then-Lt Gov-Harry Reid ran it); I served for 2 years as a non paid missionary from age 19-21; and have held various and sundry volunteer positions with church and community organizations all through college, medical school, residency, and military service (I left the Air Force as a Major). These include an elementary school PTO Vice President, elected to the board of directors for the Rapid Valley Water District, Boulder City youth floor hockey and basketball coach, and multiple church leadership roles. I was elected to the City Council of Boulder City in 1999, elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2002 and re-elected until 2010 when I was elected to the Nevada State Senate. In these roles I served as minority whip twice, once in the Assembly and once in the Senate. I seek to continue my journey of of public service, and am running for re-election in 2014.