I build next-generation, clean, efficient power plants, partnering effectively with the EPA and outfits such as the Sierra Club. I have practiced energy, commodity trading, construction and project finance law for over 25 years in Houston.
I have laughingly called myself a “retired Republican” since 1985. Growing up in the populist, pork-barrel spending, rural south, the Democratic party did not appeal to me as an education-focused, fiscal conservative who wanted to believe in hard work, the American Dream, and meritocracy. Yet, at age 18, as a blue collar kid striving for an Ivy League/Seven Sisters level education, I realized that the Republicans did not support the education and financial aid programs needed for me to achieve the American Dream. I’ve been a fiscally conservative, socially progressive independent ever since – and I mourn the loss of the “meaningful middle” in American politics and the functional government it inspires.
I live to prove that one can be an energy industry executive and an environmentalist at the same time. I fight for our Constitutional rights – all of them, without cherry-picking. I fight for practical problem-solving because I am a fiscal conservative who believes that there are some difficult things that the private sector can not, or will not, accomplish on their own. I believe that I should not be able to discern the party affiliation of a good judge. And I believe that we must prioritize education, and a practically constructed and sustainable social safety net, as the bedrock of the American Dream.
Take the power away from dark money and gerrymandering so that the real diversity of a community is reflected in the vote. Develop the functioning center so that people have to appeal to it. Unlock collaboration and innovation as a result.
I choose country over party! All day long.