Born and raised in Charleston, Chris grew up to love the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia’s all-American way of life. Educated from K-12 in the Kanawha County public school system, Chris was an Eagle Scout and played in the George Washington High School Band. Chris went on to attend WVU and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology before graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Chris’s strong work ethic is rooted in his West Virginia values, which meant learning the value of a dollar and to never take anything for granted.
His started working early, as a paperboy and then mowing lawns during Junior High. Chris went on to hold a variety of jobs, from a bike mechanic at South Hills Ski & Bike to a laborer for a home contractor. He got experience with the natural gas industry at Ashland Oil by mowing well locations, working as a rig hand, stringing pipe, fixing leaks and learning to weld.
These experiences and his West Virginia values have contributed to Chris’s success today as a small business owner in the town he grew up in. Chris and his wife of 20 years, Amber, live in the house his grandparents built in 1959 south of Charleston with their two young sons, Grant and Reed.
Chris and Amber are members of the Bible Center Church where Chris serves as a Deacon. Chris also serves the Union Mission by performing exams and providing free glasses to men and women who are enrolled in its addiction recovery program. An avid outdoorsman, Chris and his family enjoy outdoor activities together, such as camping, hiking and kayaking. A staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Chris is a life member of the NRA and enjoys hunting and recreational shooting.
Chris was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2014. He served on the Health, Government Organization, Political Subdivisions and Small Business committees. Chris is a proven problem solver and spent his time in office focused on increasing transparency, improving West Virginians’ health, creating a business-friendly environment and addressing the drug addiction epidemic. He was the founding member and inaugural co-chair of the West Virginia Sportsmen’s Caucus, which has been working to improve hunting, fishing and outdoors opportunities across the state.