Occupation: State assemblyman
Age: 64, born in Los Angeles
Personal: wife Mary, three children, five grandchildren
Education: Bachelors Degree, English, Cal State Chico
Career highlights: U.S. Marine Corps, 1973-2001, Colonel at retirement; Oceanside School of Business and Technology, Chief Education Officer, 2001-2008; Oceanside City Council, Member, 2002-2009; California Veterans Affairs Department, Undersecretary, 2009-2010, Acting Secretary, 2010-2011; State Assembly member, 2012 to present.
Platform: Strengthen national security. Expand educational opportunities for children. Improve California's economy.
Source: Times reporting