Proven Leadership Delivering Results for Kenton County
As your state senator, I have fought to ensure Kenton County's place at the table on important issues that face this great Commonwealth. Most notably, I was appointed by Senate Leadership as the Chairman of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee. I am honored to serve Kenton County and all the citizens of the Commonwealth in this position. Chairing the committee that authors the Commonwealth’s two year budget is a task I do not take lightly. I want to ensure that just as you and I are good stewards with our personal finances, the Commonwealth becomes better stewards of our tax dollars.
Kentucky's underfunded pension system jeopardizes our financial stability and discourages businesses and good-paying jobs from locating here. In every session as your state senator, I have led the charge to reform our broken pension system to ensure that my children and yours will inherit a better Kentucky.
As a result of Medicaid expansion nearly 25% of the Commonwealth’s citizens are on Medicaid. In the next budget we will have to absorb nearly $250 million in additional costs as a result of the governor’s executive action to make this expansion. I have been on the front lines fighting against this unconstitutional overreach and will continue to do so in the future.
In 2015, I led a bipartisan coalition to address Kentucky's growing heroin problem. Because of this legislation, there are tougher penalties for heroin dealers and more treatment options for heroin addicts.
I will continue the fight to make Kentucky a better place to live and work for my family and yours. In order to do that, we must provide opportunities for all Kentuckians to succeed. That means having good paying jobs and the businesses that bring those jobs. To attract those business we must have a:
1) Competitive Tax Policy
2) Superior infrastructure
3) Well-educated workforce
We attract business and quality jobs when we can show businesses that we have a well-educated and well-prepared workforce ready to meet their needs. We keep those businesses here by making our tax code business friendly and providing superior infrastructure for a booming economy.
I humbly ask for your support to continue the fight for sound, conservative governance.
State Senator, 23rd District
Chris was born in Covington, Kentucky and grew up in Taylor Mill. He attended Taylor Mill Elementary and Woodland Middle School prior to attending Covington Latin School for high school. Upon graduation from Covington Latin School, Chris attended The Citadel for college. He graduated in 1997 and was commissioned an Infantry officer in the United States Army.
Chris served four years as an Infantry Officer at Ft. Stewart, Georgia where he was a platoon leader, executive officer, Battalion S-1, and maintenance officer. As an Infantry officer, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, was the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leader’s course, and was one of the youngest people promoted to the rank of Captain in 2000.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 2001, he returned home to work in the family business, McD Concrete. While working as the business’ Operations Manager during the day, Chris attended Northern Kentucky University at night, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He worked through the ranks of the business and, in 2008 bought the business from his father and uncle.
Chris has served the community in numerous capacities. He has served as a guest lecturer at NKU and taught in the City of Cincinnati’s construction club. He has served as the President of the Greater Miami Valley Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, on the Board of Directors of the Associated Builders and Contractors, on the Finance Committee of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, was the President of the Leadership Northern Kentucky Class of 2010, serves on the Site Based Decision Making Council at Ryland Elementary, and is on the school board at Covington Latin School.
Chris and his family attend Hickory Grove Baptist Church and reside in Ryland Heights.
Since being elected to the State Senate in 2012, Chris's rise to influence has been unprecedented. Because of his innovative ideas and and effective leadership, Chris was appointed as the chairman of the influencial Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee. As chairman, he is able to oversee every expense in the budget and has been successful at weeding out government waste, fraud, and abuse. Chris also serves on the Committee on State & Local Government, Banking & Insurance Committee, Licensing & Occupation Committee, and Natural Resources & Energy.