JD will be the first openly LGBTQ member of the Indiana General Assembly
JD’s interests turned to public service at an early age, largely due to the careers of his grandparents. His maternal grandfather was a city councilman and his paternal grandmother was a city auditor during his childhood. From them, JD inherited a strong sense of civic duty and understanding of true servant leadership by holding leadership positions throughout high school and college. Additionally, JD grew up in a very blue-collar household. JD’s father was a truck driver, recently retired, for their county highway department and his mother works in an assisted care facility for the elderly. Not only did JD have wonderful role models with his grandparents, but he saw how hard his mom and dad worked to put food on the table and the lights on at the house. JD holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from The University of Akron. He also has two minors: Pre-Law and Conflict Management. JD interned for the Ohio Senate, which is where he found his passion in politics. JD also holds a Master of Science in Education with a specific emphasis on Human Services from Purdue University. For completion of his degree, he was required to complete an internship, which he completed at the Midwest Center for Youth and Family. JD’s campaign focuses on every day Hoosiers and connecting with them personally. JD believes that the small things matter and is always looking for ways to serve his community. He is public servant and not a politician.