Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1988. Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School. Master of Arts in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1992.
Instructor pilot United States Naval Reserves, Corpus Christi. Formerly with Operations Allied Force Kosovo. Special assistant to secretary United States Department Education, 1999—2000.
Attorney Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer & Kern, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2004—2009. Member District 32 Texas House of Representatives, 2007—2009. Assistant secretary for manpower & reserve affairs, Department Navy United States Department Defense, Washington, since 2009.
Lieutenant Commander United States Navy, former top aide to deputy commander-in-chief European Army.
Married Denise Garcia. 4 children.