A native Middle Tennessean, I was educated in Rutherford County public schools and graduated as a valedictorian from Siegel High School.
After college, I dedicated my career to the belief that faith can transform human society, particularly in favor of those who are too often left out and left behind.
From the beginning of my career working for President Obama and my experiences as a faith leader promoting the common good to later defending these values in TIME Magazine and on Fox News, I've tried time and again to stand up for a new, pragmatic, and less partisan way forward in American politics.
I believe in a politics that represents—the struggling, the striving, and the successful.
I must and will have a particular eye towards those who struggle in any way, particularly at the hands of a government that too often fails to serve the greatest needs and aspirations of its people.
As my faith teaches me, the joys and the hopes, the sufferings and the anxieties of my fellow Tennesseans must be my joys and hopes, my sufferings and anxieties in my life as a public servant.