Party: Republican

Age: 67

Family: Wife, Kathryn Cook, attorney; two adult sons, Tyler and Travis; three grandsons.

Occupation: Retired Superintendent of schools, Hamilton Heights, and former high school and junior high principal at Clinton Prairie, Hamilton Heights and Noblesville.

Political Experience: Served two terms in the House, serving on Education, Local Government and Family and Children committees. Author, co-author, and Senate sponsor of 96 enacted bills.

Goals: Protect family farm operations from unnecessary regulation and taxation, improve teacher salaries, hate crime bill, maintain a balanced budget with prudent tax rates, mental health and school safety improvements, continue to support resources to local governments, expand rural broad-band, support first responders, encourage business expansion and relocation to Indiana and job training/workforce development.