My interest in politics coincides with the awakening of my faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, my reluctant decision to run for office was a direct result of fervent prayer. I believe that God is looking for people aligned with the characteristics of Exodus 18:21 to run for elected office. We need more people who put God first in their lives seeking public office. People of faith pursue what is noble, true, excellent and praiseworthy. The world needs more of these traits not less.
I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering. I went on to study Life Sciences at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. My education was later applied design elements of the Environmental Control and Life Support System for the International Space Station.
In 2010, I left the comfort of the private sector to run for the Michigan Senate. Through the selfless support of grassroots volunteers, hard work, and the grace of God, I became the first person to be elected directly into the Michigan Senate without any previous political experience in three decades. I went on to serve two terms in the Senate. Term limits prohibited a third.
In 2018, I ran for Governor of Michigan on the basis of Principled Solutions. Although unsuccessful in this bid, we did earn 13% of the vote despite only 15% name recognition. Furthermore, we earned the support of thousands of volunteers tired of politics-as-usual. People are looking for solutions. We provided solutions, but did not have the money to tell more people about them.
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