During his first campaign for public office, Ken won on a "back-to-basics education" theme. Ken represents the communities of Orange, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Central County Regional Occupational Program. He serves his constituents as an advocate promoting public safety/safe schools, high academic standards, educational accountability, and parental rights.
Ken is a native of Orange County born in Garden Grove in 1958. He is a board-certified family physician practicing primary care medicine and surgery in the central Orange County communities. He is on staff at Hoag Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and Children's Hospital of Orange County, where he is the family practice department chairman. He has been in private medical practice since 1986.
Educationally, Ken attended primary schools in Costa Mesa and graduated from Estancia High School in 1976. He completed his premedical studies and earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1980. In 1984, he earned his medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona and completed his postgraduate medical and residency training at Pacific Hospital in Long Beach.
Ken has been an invited guest speaker at numerous town hall meetings discussing education, schools, and public safety. He is a strong believer in twenty-first century education programs like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and a "back-to-basics" approach to education. In his early career on the county school board, he was intimately involved in removing subjective and non-scientifically validated education curriculums such as whole language reading programs and "Fuzzy" math. He is a strong opponent against federal involvement in local education decisions.
In public safety, Ken is a sworn law enforcement officer as a reserve member of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He serves Orange County as a patrol deputy in the city of San Clemente and in numerous other law enforcement capacities. Ken's passion for public safety and protection for children and families from violence is his primary public policy effort as an elected member from his community.
He is a father of three extraordinary sons—Christopher, Craig, and Scott. Chris is a credentialed high school science teacher, Craig is a Deputy District Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney's office, and Scott is a graduate from the U.S. Military Academy-West Point. Scott is currently a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and deployed to Iraq in May 2016 with the 101st Airborne division.