Get to know more about Daniel, his upbringing, his military service, his beautiful family, and his vision for our country's future.
Good day! When deciding whom to support as a candidate for office, I firmly believe it is important to understand who your candidate is via their history, their belief system, as well as their vision for change. I hope this introduction to myself can aid in doing just that. As always, I am only an email, text, or phone call away from providing further information as desired.
I was raised on my family's cattle ranch by my parents, Ernest (Ernie) and Delores, in southern Oklahoma, in an environment where hard work, discipline, and loyalty were valued as much as sincerity and integrity. Early in his life, my father served in the U.S. Army and, until his very last moments on this earth, he led by example, teaching me and my siblings honor, respect, dignity, and grace. He instilled a sense of duty to family and country in me which have carried through as a core part of my character today. I am truly honored to have been the son of such an amazing role model.
In 2006, I joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman and during my time in service, deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, serving under the 4th Infantry Division; the 2nd Combined Arms Brigade; and the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. While in Afghanistan, I served as a squad leader in Ghazni Province, where I was involved in operations that led to me receiving two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in combat. In 2015, my wife, Raylene, and I, with heavy hearts, made the decision that my body and mind needed to put my time with the U.S. Army to rest.
With this decision made, we then transferred to Texas for her to continue her career in the Texas Air National Guard while I continued my education and started a new career as an Alternative Curriculum history and government teacher at Carroll ISD in Southlake. Over the past few years, I have gone on to complete my MA in European History from American Military University (having already received my BA in Management from them years prior) and I am currently completing my Ph.D. in American History from Liberty University.
I briefly mentioned my wife Raylene before, let me backtrack and tell you a little about us and our 'little' family. Raylene and I met on the playground during our elementary school days in third grade. Throughout school, we were great friends (she always tells it as 'frenemies') however, we never dated. After high school, we went our separate ways and carried on with life, careers, marriages, and having children, but never forgetting our fondness for one another. After nearly two decades, our paths finally cross again and we were married in 2013, combining her three children and my four into an amazing, blended family. In 2015, just weeks after arriving in Texas from Alaska, she gave birth to our daughter, Ellie. With six older brothers and one older sister, she certainly knows how to wrap each of us around her precious little finger.
Our kids and their futures are one of the many reasons I have chosen to run for office at this time. What should be their fundamental rights in this great nation have never before been in such jeopardy, and as their father, I feel I must protect and defend them, from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
I believe the federal government has been encroaching in business the Constitution did not place under its purview, in many cases under the guise of the 9th Amendment. I also believe the individual states are more attuned to the needs of the citizens of that state than the federal government. I support strict interpretations of the Constitution with a strong emphasis on Jeffersonian republicanism, and the attempt to undermine those principles by social liberalism within the Democratic Party has led me to run for a seat in the House of Representatives.
I support the 2nd Amendment.
I support a strong military and an international peacekeeping presence.
I support immigration reform but do not support sweeping amnesty for illegal immigrants.
I support the repeal of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment; it was intended to ensure freed slaves received citizenship and equal protection, not for illegal immigrants to gain citizenship.
I believe critical race theory should be recognized as Marxist masquerading as Progressivism, and banned from education at any level.
I believe in a smaller, less regulatory federal government.
I believe China must be recognized as a threat to the security of the United States, and our position toward China should be one of containment rather than appeasement.
I support election integrity. I support restricting voting to official polling places unless military service has taken a voter away from home district or certain medical or elderly exception, but only if witnessed by a notary.
I support Israel and believe attacks by terrorists should be met with swift, immediate, and exponential retaliation.
I support banning ANTIFA and prosecuting the actions of ANTIFA as domestic terrorism.
I thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me. My sincere hope is to work diligently to get our country back on track and secure it’s long-term future. We owe it to those who served before us, those who gave their all, and our future generations.
Yours in service, then, now, and always,
Let those who served… serve.