I was born in 1983 at Huntington Memorial Hospital, on June 21st to Cara Lyn Bolt and Stuart Clifford. I have three siblings, two brothers and one sister. My parents divorced when I was 6 months old and I was mostly raised by my amazing mother. I have never needed to be told of how strong a woman is because I saw firsthand what a woman can do on her own.
I have spent my entire life in the 47th district. I went to St. Joseph’s Catholic School from Kindergarten to 2nd grade. I then attended St. Maria Goretti Catholic School from 3rd grade – 6th grade. From there I went to Marshall Middle School, ending up at Rogers Middle School for the last half of the school year in 8th grade. After my 8th grade promotion, I was enrolled at Millikan High School where I coincidentally (unbeknownst to me) met my father-in-law, Dave Shawver who was my P.E. Teacher. While making a lot of friends at Millikan, my behavior grew increasingly worse. I was transferred to Laurel High School (continuation school) in Los Alamitos that is no longer there. I will still contend to this day, even when we were fighting to get the district to keep the school, If it wasn’t for Mrs. Kropp, Mrs. Raffoni, and Mrs. Jolly I would have never received my diploma. They were the true MVP of my education.
By the time I was in high school I was mostly independent. I felt the same invincibility as most teens do but I took it one step further, which for the most part would wind me up on the wrong end of the law. After graduating high-school, my behavior continued to spiral out of control until my early 20’s when I met my wife, Stephanie. That day was the best day of my life, and everything changed for the better.
She was one of the first people in my life who showed genuine love and concern for my well-being, who was not an immediate family member. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without her, I would not be the man that I am today.
In 2008 the recession hit, and I was struggling with work. I kept bouncing around the idea to get my Contractors License and start my own plumbing company. Stephanie, from the moment I came up with the idea, encouraged me to do it. She believed in me and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. Growing up with a single mother, and on in to my adult life – I have always maintained that behind every great man is an even greater woman, building and strengthening the foundation to their kingdom.
At the time, she just started her career as a teacher and I was on-and-off working for different commercial plumbing companies. We struggled, but we pinched as many pennies as we could until we had enough to pay for my licensing and start our company. This time together is what solidified in my mind that I would be with Stephanie for the rest of my life. We were married in April of 2010 and she gave birth to our first son, Ethan, later that November. In February of 2012 she gave birth to our 2nd son, Nathan – completing our family.
From the beginning, my in-laws – the Shawver’s, have taken me in as one of their own, and it is within their home that I learned true family values. In the last decade, My father-in-law, Dave Shawver, has taught me more of how to be a man, than anyone ever has in my life. I am forever grateful for the love from him and my mother-in-law Jenny, and without them I would not be the man I am today.
All of this has helped me to grow from a troubled youth to a respectable and contributing member of society. I am determined, hardworking, and dedicated to leaving this world far better than it was when I was born.
I am now 34 years old, and I have been married to my amazing wife Stephanie for the last eight years. Together, we are raising our two handsome young men right here in the 47th district, just as my wife and I were. I am a small business owner, and a state licensed contractor, since 2008.
I am running for Congress in California’s 47th district. I would absolutely be honored to have YOUR vote and the endorsement of the community I was raised in, to go to Washington and fight for us all.