There are two things I have a passion for; My favorite sports teams and politics. You may ask, “why would someone at age 23 be interested in politics?” It’s strange, I can tell you that.
In 2012, I became the youngest elected Republican official to ever serve in St. Louis County, MO. I currently serve on a 56 member committee and easily won re-election with nearly 60 percent of the vote on August 2nd.
My passion for politics began when I was just seven years old. I remember watching one of the presidential debates between George W. Bush and Al Gore. On election night, I remember the controversy surrounding the final vote tally in Florida and how it took several weeks for the Supreme Court to finally declare then Governor Bush, the victor.
In 2004, I continuously begged my grandmother to find some Bush-Cheney ’04 signs to put in my front yard. The area I live in has the highest concentration of Republican voters in the State of Missouri, so I could tell people were jealous once I got the signs.
In 2007, my political views and ideology started to change. I wasn’t a typical Republican anymore. I supported a candidate for president who was outside the bounds of the GOP establishment. I became enamored with the message Congressman Ron Paul was presenting to the American people. His anti-war stance and pro-freedom agenda helped shape a lot of the views I still hold today.
2012 was the year I started to get more involved in grassroots politics. I was part of Ron Paul’s campaign and was the chairman of Youth for Ron Paul on the campus of Lindenwood University. When the local representatives for the Ron Paul campaign came to Lindenwood, they told supporters he would be on campus for a rally.
On March 10th, 2012, I experienced the most exciting day of my life. I was able to emcee the rally for Ron Paul on the campus of Lindenwood University. Before the rally, I was able to go back stage and meet Dr. Paul along with his lovely wife, Carol.
I had the pleasure of meeting not only one presidential candidate in 2012, but two. I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Rick Santorum at a campaign rally in St. Charles. He eventually won Missouri with over 50 percent of the vote in our non-binding primary.
In July, 2013, I founded the organization No MO Sales Tax. It’s an organization that has the goal of lowering and even eliminating the sales tax in Missouri. The organization was able to get several sales tax reduction bills filed in the Missouri House of Representatives over the next couple of years.
In the summer of 2014, the organization helped defeat Amendment 7, which represented the largest tax increase in Missouri’s history. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished with No MO Sales Tax these past few years.
In 2016, I found myself involved with several campaigns, including my own re-election bid for committeeman. Most of my focus at the beginning of 2016 was getting Marco Rubio elected as the next President of the United States. I think everyone was shocked when Donald Trump was able to defeat 16 other highly qualified Republican candidates.
In early September, I had the privilege of meeting his vice presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence. I didn’t know much about Gov. Pence before he was selected as Trump’s running mate, but the more I’ve learned about him, the more I would like him to be president one day.
I’m only 23 years old. I’ve been involved in so many things that most people at my age wouldn’t even consider doing. I’ve ran in three elections, going 2-1 in the process. I am so thankful for the support I have had along the way. My next journey has already begun, and that’s trying to win a seat on the city council in my hometown of Ellisville in April, 2017.