After completing my history/political science degree in Florida, I taught secondary history and American government classes for four years in Hawaii. Post Hawaii, I worked in Washington, D.C. for five years as a legislative assistant at a faith-based educational nonprofit. Those experiences (hopefully) give me a unique understanding and view of politics. Teaching makes you relearn concepts you forgot and your students keep you on your toes. Being in DC gave me an insider’s view of how the proverbial sausage gets made in reality (not the Schoolhouse Rock version). It was truly the experience of a lifetime to meet the Members, their staffs, and get to know members of the various coalition groups who work behind the scenes to preserve our freedoms.