I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I was a dedicated soldier in the United States Army during the Viet Nam war and received an honorable discharge after my years of faithful service. After discharge, I began my seminary education at Aenon Bible College and have now been an ordained minister in the state of Illinois for nearly 20 years. As a minister, I’ve volunteered for many years as a bible teacher at Cook County Jail and a Sunday school teacher at my local church. I’ve worked for more than 15 years for the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture as a Compliance Investigator.
As a husband for more than 30 years, a father of four children and a grandfather of thirteen, I understand that there’s nothing more important to society than strong traditional families and the sanctity of life. These are the foundation for a strong and prosperous society. I have written and published a book titled, "A Black Patriot: The Real American.” It presents my view that the black man is an American patriot because he is a true American. The black man has become American by virtue of his suffering and all he’s given to the discovery, development and future destiny of this country. For this, and for all we’ve contributed, we must be patriotic and we must take pride in our citizenship of this great land.
As an elected legislator, my first priority will be to advocate for economic growth. This will start with an overall push for fiscal responsibility, a reduction in our spending, and demanding integrity and accountability from our leaders. I currently reside in the Beverly community with my wife Barbara.