Don was born and raised in Appalachia, the son of a railroad diesel mechanic. Upon graduation from high school in Ashland, KY, he joined the military. Don served a career listening to sensitive Russian communications and interpreting during international arms control inspections. After 15 years on active duty, he transitioned from the Army to the Air National Guard, and retired five years later. Don also spent almost 8 years as a senior manager in the federal government before entering the private sector.
Over the course of his career, Don earned a Bachelors degree in Russian and Political Science, a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University, and a Master of Science in Information Management from Syracuse University. His post-graduate studies are in the field of public policy at George Mason University.
Don and his family first moved to Prince William County in 1997 when he was assigned by the Army to the National Capital Region. They returned to Prince William County in 2004 and are proud to call Gainesville their home. Don’s wife, Joyce, is a Senior Executive in the federal government and their three children all either graduated from or attend Prince William County Schools.
Don is proud to be an active member of his community. In addition to having served as the PTSA Vice President of Ways & Means at Patriot High School, he is a member of the Ruritans, the Prince William Conservation Alliance, and an American Legion Life Member. Don and Joyce support numerous charitable causes, including the Avon Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Project Purple, SERVE, Special Olympics Virginia, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Stop Soldier Suicide, the March of Dimes, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Over the course of his career, Don has worked hard to improve the organizations he has been a part of. He is passionate about good government and effective governance, and believes we must hold our elected officials accountable to their constituents, not special interests or their own personal, ideological agendas.
Don is running to restore leadership to Virginia’s 13th House of Delegates District. For more than two decades, we have been without a real voice in Richmond. Don knows the value of hard work and dedication and he’s ready to fight for you! It’s time to return the 13th District to the constituents and get back to the business of governing!
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