Howdy, I'm Steve.


Photo Credit: Zan Berry Photography

Photo Credit: Zan Berry Photography

I’ve lived in Texas for almost all my adult life – 25 years now. I’ve lived in Bedford for ten years. 

I’ve only participated in politics as an eager observer until recently, when the antics from the 85th Legislature convinced me that I could no longer sit idly by. My issue of primary concern is funding for public school education in Texas – for my two kids, for all their classmates, and for our future. An investment in public schools is an investment in Texas’ continuing growth and prosperity, and I believe it should be the top priority in our state’s budget. From my perspective, it looks like our state leadership is currently far more concerned with which bathroom our kids are using than in their educational experience in every other room of the building.
 

My background is in business. I work for a large Internet company in Dallas, managing their global website payment processing and credit card fraud prevention strategies. It’s work that I love – I’ve been doing similar jobs for almost twenty years now, in addition to a lot of experience in financial analysis and treasury management – heady stuff! I had the great privilege of starting out the professional phase of my business career at Apple, right around the time that the company had the revolutionary idea of, “Hey, maybe we should start selling these colorful computers on the Internet?” I learned a lot from that experience about diving into the chaos and creating something brand new.

Photo Credit: Zan Berry Photography

Photo Credit: Zan Berry Photography

There’s nothing I love more than diving into a challenging problem – either alone or with a team of smart and motivated peers – and gathering the necessary data and inputs to come up with the most elegant solution. That’s my jam.

I have a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. It’s in my DNA – I know business.

I’m running as a Democrat, but I’m no ideologue. My perspective is that there’s a world of data available that shows us how to solve our problems – and I want to try the solutions that perform, regardless of where they fit on the political spectrum. I want to listen to everyone and act as a true representative. I feel like the people of my community deserve representation in Austin that speaks for them. Years of “ideologically pure” representation have done nothing to improve our communities. I’d like to instead focus on solving problems by doing what works.