What I Believe

What I Believe

While we need to reassess policy at all levels, change for the future begins with Kentucky’s youngest constituents. I believe we can all do a better job of looking out for the next generation, and if we are successful at improving the lives of children now, that translates into improving our society in the future.

I believe in the profound power of education — not just higher education — vocational education, and even retraining for displaced workers. But we should not just indiscriminately throw dollars at education and expect results — we must invest in programs with proven outcomes. We must also invest in new ideas, but we must measure results for those investments and discontinue those programs that do not work. I do not believe that we should divert money from public schools to charter schools.


I believe that with hard work, America used to be the land of opportunity. My maternal great grandparents came to this country from Italy, and my parents grew up during the Depression. My parents were very poor when they first married, but through hard work, education, perseverance and the GI Bill, they made it to the middle class. I see so many people working just as hard as my parents did, but they are struggling just to make ends meet. We must create the opportunities for advancement.


I believe in the Constitution. All people are created equal. Liberty and justice for all. Separation of church and state. The rule of law. I believe in freedom of speech. I do not believe that a ‘corporation’ should qualify as a person. I believe in the second amendment, but like Justice Antonin Scalia, I do not believe that the right to bear arms should be limitless. There should be common sense restrictions to reduce school shootings and other senseless acts of violence.


I believe that we must work to fix our broken healthcare system. I believe that everyone has a right to quality, affordable healthcare. Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, I do not think it is a simple problem with a simple fix. But we must start somewhere. We must invest in preventative care and develop a system that invests in maintaining health, rather than treating illness.

Check out filed 2018 Legislation!