As a PRO-LIFE, PRO-GUN, SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE Democrat, I know that I don't fit the traditional mold of a politician.
I was born and raised south of Lake Charles, where I attended public school before moving on to college. My parents were raised in the nearby small towns of Welsh and Lake Arthur. My father started in the tire business out of high school, going on to build a prosperous automobile repair shop in Lake Charles. Coming from a large extended family from deep in the heart of Acadiana, I was immersed in the culture and traditions of the Cajun Louisiana from an early age. I heard the stories of abuse and repression that the Cajun fought against throughout the fifties and sixties. This legacy instilled in me a fire to fight for the underdog and protect the people who need advocacy. This is a responsibility I feel deeply and at its core is what it means to be a part of community. I believe we are all called to live up to the legacy of the families and ancestors who came before us. That is why I am running.
After graduating from LaGrange High School, I attended LSU in Baton Rouge, graduating cum laude with a degree in Zoology. Afterwards, I attended medical school at the LSU Health Center in New Orleans. After completing my doctorate, I chose to come home to Lake Charles and practice in Family Medicine. This was an easy decision for me as it gave me the opportunity to connect with the area I love so much. Since then, I have been in practice for sixteen years and have had the pleasure of caring for my neighbors over that entire time.
I am devoutly Catholic and take the responsibilities of my faith very seriously. I am married to my childhood crush, Bridgette, for 23 years. God has blessed us with three children, who have made me very proud. I know the future belongs to them and their peers and it is incumbent for us to provide a future that allows them to be successful at home in Acadiana. They deserve to not have to make the choice of staying in this area or moving away to find a modern, well-paying job. This is how we put Acadiana first.