Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Missouri Rolla 1976
PhD in Nuclear Chemistry from the University of Missouri Rolla 1981
Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
Director of Field Services, PDC laboratory in Florissant, Missouri.
Over 30 years experience in environmental sampling and remediation for various firms in the St. Louis area.
Served 5 years on the board of directors of the Pregnancy Resource Center in Godfrey, Illinois.
Teach occupational environmental classes for a local university and an asbestos training firm.
Serve as a Deacon in my local church and teach in the youth ministry.
Putting My Experience to Work
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
I am a lifelong Constitutional Conservative and member of the Republican Party. I was raised in a Christian home. My father was a real estate investor with an insurance company and my mother was a school teacher, as were her mother and my two sisters. I spent the summers on my grandparents’ farm and learned the value of hard work by baling and stacking hay the old fashion way, caring for sheep, horses and cattle, and fixing old tractors. It has shaped my values into what they are today.
On the farm I learned how to shoot at a young age, and to value our 2nd Amendment. At first it was hitting tin cans for practice, then eventually it was protecting the sheep from predators. There were also hunts that I took with my father, duck hunting in Texas and pheasant hunting in Kansas.
I attended Texas A&M on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, then transferred to the University of Missouri at Rolla where I continued in the ROTC program. I went to basic training in Plattsburgh, New York, a misery I will always cherish. My plan was to train to be a pilot in the Air Force. Fortunately, the Vietnam War ended before I finished my training. Unfortunately, it greatly reduced the number of pilots needed. Consequently, I received an honorable discharge and went back to Rolla where I completed my studies, earning a PhD in Nuclear Chemistry.
I met my wife of 35 years at a bible camp, where we were both counselors. It only took one hike with a group of campers and we knew. We married before the year had ended.
I serve as a deacon at the church where my wife and I attend and are involved in the youth ministry. I assisted in the drafting of our church constitution that would protect it against the legal attacks of activists that want to force their agenda on others.
My wife and I lived in Alton for ten years and in 1995 moved to our current home outside of Dorsey, IL. We enjoy deer hunting and upland hunting with Springer Spaniels we raise and train for competing in trials of various types.
I served on the Board at a Pregnancy Resource Center in Godfrey, IL for 5 years. I learned about the deceptive practices of Planned Parenthood, in particular, and other abortion providers. I also learned the devastating effects abortion has on mothers, deeply scarring her emotionally for the rest of her life. To my surprised, I also learned abortion clinics are not regulated as strictly as other health clinics, often risking the health of vulnerable mothers.
For over 30 years I have put my education into practice working for a variety of businesses performing environmental site assessments, field sampling water sources, and advising business enterprises how to navigate ever-changing environmental regulations.
EXPERTISE NOT RHETORIC
My decision to run for State Representative of District 95 came after I learned our current Representative, whom I supported in the past, inexplicably voted with the majority party to raise taxes. These particular taxes make life more difficult for the residents of Illinois, and particularly for the poorest of our residents. Not only did I categorically disagree, the decision made me question what other principles she had compromised or will compromise. I felt compelled to take action - I could not let this stand unchallenged.
While pursuing my doctoral degree in a demanding “hard” science discipline, I learned how difficult it is to get papers published that contradict the popular theory of the day. If you want to get funding for research, you must publish in scientific journals. To do that, you must convince the reviewers of those journals your work has scientific merit.
The peer review process is both the greatest strength and ultimate weakness in scientific inquiry. Intended to ensure rigorous academic standards, the process can also be a barrier to exploring new ideas or challenge established ideas. All too often no amount of data or exacting research can overcome rigid bias or political pressures in the review process. I have personally seen notable scientists insert factors to “correct” data to make it align with bias.
While such actions rarely impact the general public, we as citizens can be irreparably harmed when a popular but unproven scientific theory becomes the foundation of public policy. Over the past two and half decades, alarm over “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” has developed into one of the most significant drivers of public policy of our time. However, as with many real scientists, my experience leads me to understand the research behind global warming has been greatly exaggerated and/or misrepresented. In some cases, it appears to have been dishonestly altered for political purpose. Even then, much of the worst alarmism is not supported by even the most pessimistic climate predictions.
When I express my opposition to policies sparked by fears of “Climate Change,” I am not just repeating conservative talking points. I am speaking from my knowledge and boots-on-the-ground experience with environmental regulations. I understand the science behind the regulations. I understand the impacts on industry. I understand how funding goes to those studies which purport to support man caused global climate change (a.k.a. AGW), rather than to those who show man’s contribution to climate change is insignificant. I understand any contribution to climate change by human activity is incredibly small. One belch from a volcano would negate even the strictest regulations we could impose on ourselves. I am uniquely qualified and motivated to prove that raising taxes on the citizens of Illinois will not change the weather.
The same type of alarmism surrounding the theory of AGW is also found in the constant demands by some factions for more and more environmental “protections.” Nobody denies the need for reasonable rules to protect our natural resources. I have a deep respect for preserving our environment. However, I also have a growing understanding about the regulatory issues facing businesses and industries such as coal, natural gas, chemical, and steel. Most of what we are seeing are entirely unnecessary rules which have created useless and scientifically baseless burdens on critical Illinois industries. Radical legislation has been destructive to our state’s resources and the jobs it provides to many Illinois families. We need to grow the economy, not destroy it. As Winston Churchill said,
"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. There is no such thing as a good tax. There's no such thing as a good tax.”
I hope you will join me in the fight to make Illinois a better place for residents and create a business-friendly environment, so that together we can make a brighter tomorrow for all of us.