I’m a simple, every day kind of guy. I’m a Yankees fan. I wear my Yankees cap to the office when I’m not at the General Assembly. I’m a common person, trying to make a living and help people. I believe service is the rent we pay for space here on Earth.
I was born in Pembroke, North Carolina, in Robeson County. My dad owned a farm, and I worked on the field nearly every day growing up. When I was in the 8th grade, I got so tired of working on that farm that I ran away from home. Another buddy and I left school walking – we were headed for Florida. By the time we got to Rowland, we were worn out, so we hitchhiked back home. I wasn’t on the right path in life, and I didn’t want to continue going to school to get my high school degree. But, I had great parents, and great educators who helped to steer me in the right direction. I got involved with sports, and was even encouraged to try out for a major league baseball team.
I was presented with great opportunities because of the individuals supporting me every step of the way. That’s one of the reasons I was motivated to get involved in politics, and it’s the reason I am running for Congress. Opportunities come and go, and I want to help people achieve their full God-given potential. In life, people in less advantages communities need a hand, not a handout. I believe when we put aside partisan politics, we can bring real investment and opportunity to our neighborhoods.
In 2010, I won my election in one of the most competitive races in the state. After winning, I told the local paper I would work, “for the future of our children for working families to improve our economy.” My steadfast willingness to work across the aisle to reach common sense solutions is the reason I’ve maintained the people’s support, as Robeson County has steadily transformed into a Republican-voting county. I’m honored to have been trusted by voters, and re-elected five times.
Today, I own a home health and medical supply business with offices throughout the Sandhills region, employing nearly 200 hard working individuals. My wife, Norma, and I live in Pembroke, and between us we’ve raised four grown children.