Dear 3rd District,
As an Army combat Veteran, I am humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to present myself as a candidate to represent you in Congress. My time in the military instilled in me a deep sense of duty, honor, and sacrifice, and I carry those values with me in everything I do.
I grew up in Fort Wayne, surrounded by hardworking Americans who were dedicated to their families, their communities, and their country. My family has deep roots in this community and a history of service. My grandfathers served in the Army during World War II and growing up hearing stories of their courage and determination inspire me to this day. Both of my parents worked in trucking, the lifeblood of our supply chain. My sister is a nurse, dedicating her life to caring for others. My brother-in-law is a Fort Wayne police officer, putting his life on the line to keep our streets safe.
I know what it means to serve and I have dedicated my life to service. Aside from my time in the military, I worked for Senators Coats and Braun, fighting to make our government more accountable, efficient, and effective. I graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School, where I learned the values of faith, discipline, and community. After my time in the Army, I earned my bachelors degree from IPFW, where I honed my skills and developed a greater love for our region.
I believe in the principles that made this country great: limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. I value the importance of a well regulated free market, and do not believe it is our governments place to pick winners and losers. It is the businesses and entrepreneurs who create jobs. I will work tirelessly to create an environment where our local businesses can thrive and grow, and where every Hoosier can achieve their full potential.
I am proud to be pro-life, and believe that every life is sacred and deserving of protection. We must stand up for the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the elderly, and the disabled. We must also work to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens, especially: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms.
My wife of 15 years legally immigrated from Germany and I know the importance of a strong and secure immigration system. We must defend our borders and enforce our laws against those that come here illegally. We are a nation that was built on immigration, but that should not be interpreted as a free pass to those willing to break our laws and come here illegally.
I am a proud father of three children and I believe, like many of you, that it is imperative we leave the country better than we found it. That is why I am running for Congress - to fight for a brighter future for our children, our grandchildren, and every Hoosier in the district.
Together, we can build a stronger and more prosperous nation and district, one that reflects the best of America and the best of Indiana. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America.