Jay is a Christian conservative who was born in Johnson City. In 2006, he moved back to East Tennessee and now lives in Carter County with his wife, Stephanie. He is an Iraq War veteran, having served with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout. He holds a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University and 2 Associates Degrees from Northeast State Technical Community College.
For the past 10 years, Jay has worked in manufacturing as a machinist and engineer. Jay knows what it takes to work in today’s manufacturing environment. He has been “turning cranks” on lathes and mills for the better part of those 10 years and knows it takes a lot more “gray matter” than Democrats like Michael Bloomberg would have you believe. Jay finished his degree at ETSU while working full time as a Die Shop Machinist at Snap-On Tools. Since then he works in engineering capacities meeting production needs daily. Engineers are dedicated problem solvers, able to work within a framework and find the best solution. Jay will bring that perspective to Washington finding solutions to problems, while staying within the framework of the Constitution.
Jay is an advocate for Liberty and the Constitution. As vice-president of the ETSU Marksmanship Club he made national news by standing up to the Administration’s infringement on free speech. Forcing them to allow an “empty holster” protest supporting concealed carry on campus. Jay has taken a stand against abortion at “40 Days for Life” events in Bristol, TN. Most recently, Jay traveled to Richmond, VA with tens of thousands of other patriots to stand with Virginians in opposition to the tyrannical proposals of Democrat lawmakers.
Jay doesn’t stop at the 1st and 2nd amendments. He believes that all the individual Rights that are enshrined by the Constitution are essential to a free people. Jay opposes the surveillance state and civil asset forfeiture. He is also a strong supporter of the 10th Amendment’s guarantee of State’s Rights.
Jay is not a career politician, and he has no intention of becoming one. Jay says, “If you want to Drain the Swamp, you have to use fresh water to flush it out. Not dirty water from another Swamp.” He believes in term limits and promises to not seek more than 4 terms in the House of Representatives. Representing the people should be a service, not a career.