The 47th district has been my home from birth to adulthood. I attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School from Kindergarten to 2nd grade, and St. Maria Goretti Catholic School from 3rd – 6th grade. From there I went to Marshall Middle School, ending up at Rogers Middle School for the last half of my 8th grade school year. After my 8th grade promotion, I enrolled at Millikan High School, where I coincidentally (unbeknownst to me) met my father-in-law, Dave Shawver, the school’s Physical Education Teacher. While I had no trouble making friends at Millikan, my behavior grew increasingly worse. I was transferred to Laurel High School (continuation school) in Los Alamitos, which sadly no longer exists. I will still contend to this day – even when we were fighting the district to keep the school – that if it wasn’t for the hard and diligent work of the teachers at Laurel, I would have never received my high school diploma.
By the time I was in high school, I was mostly independent. I felt the same invincibility as most teenagers do, but I took it one step further – which for the most part found me 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. Meeting her was best day of my life; and after that day, everything changed for the better. Stephanie was one of the first, non-family members in my life who showed genuine love and concern for my well-being. 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. From the moment I began contemplating this new life change, Stephanie encouraged me to go forward with my plans. She believed in me and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. Growing up with a single mother, 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 had just started her career as a teacher and I was working on-and-off for various commercial plumbing companies. We struggled, but pinched as many pennies as we could until we had enough to pay for my licensing and start our company. This time together solidified the thoughts already swirling around in my mind – that I would be with Stephanie for the rest of my life. We were married in April, 2010 and she gave birth to our first son, Ethan, later that November. In February, 2012 she gave birth to our second son, Nathan – completing our family.
From the very beginning, my in-laws, the Shawver’s, have taken me in as one of their own, and it is within their home where I learned the true meaning of 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. I am forever grateful for the love of my father and mother-in-law, and without them I would not have had the tools to be as successful as I am today.
All these experiences have transformed me from that troubled youth I once was, to a respectable and contributing member of society. I am determined, hardworking and dedicated to leave this world far better than it was when I came into it.
I am now 34 years old and 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, a state-licensed contractor since 2008 and I am running for Congress in California’s 47th district. I would be absolutely honored to have your vote and the endorsement of the community I was raised in, to go to Washington and fight for us all.