I grew up as a child of an Air Force officer. Although my family goes back seven generations in Hays County, I lived in three different states and in three different countries. My dad flew the RF-4C for the Air Force, so we lived in California, Virginia, South Carolina, Germany, Italy and Spain. For undergraduate school I attended the University of Dallas. I earned my B.A. in History and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society. In college I worked retail jobs and learned the value of hard work and customer service. After graduation I was an editorial assistant at Harcourt Brace College Publishers before attending South Texas College of Law and admission to the bar in 2001. After first working as a felony prosecutor in the Collin County District Attorney's Office, I practiced civil law at the law firm of Flahive, Ogden and Latson, L.L.P. in Austin.
I am an Eagle Scout of the Trans-Atlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America, an Arrowman and a member of the Knights of Columbus. I am also the administrator of the Jacks-Garner Scholarship for the Hays County Bar Association for the benefit of local high-school seniors.
For twelve years I have represented the people of Hays County in felony and misdemeanor courts prosecuting crimes as diverse as speeding tickets and murder. In Hays County felony court I prosecuted drug dealers, armed robbers, domestic abusers and child predators. As a juvenile prosecutor I have worked tirelessly to protect the public and to help young offenders learn from their mistakes. As the Senior Appellate Prosecutor for the Hays County DA's office, I practiced before the Third Court of Appeals, protecting the State's hard won convictions in serious felony trials. Over the years I have been blessed to protect and to work with some of the most amazing people.
None of my professional accomplishments holds a candle to my greatest joy and fondest achievement: my family. I am a husband, a father, a brother and a son. My wife, Shelley, is my greatest strength. Hers is the genius of piercing intellect, self-sacrifice, and the most-tender of loving hearts. We are blessed with three amazing sons. Guiding them into honorable manhood is my life’s most rewarding and humbling duty. It is also my greatest joy.
My code is: Duty. Honor. Justice. For more than ten years it has been my duty to seek justice for the people of Hays County as a prosecutor. When I saw that the honor of County Court at Law No. 2 was in need of restoration, I leapt to the task. I know that I’m not alone. I took the first step toward restoring that honor to a court that serves the people of Hays County; now I humbly ask for your support to return justice to Hays County Court at Law No. 2.