In 1996, the voters of Trustee Area 3 elected Ken to the Orange County Board of Education. During his first campaign for public office, he defeated a twenty-year incumbent on a "back-to-basics education" theme. Ken also 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 a conservative advocate promoting the family, public safety and safe schools, high academic standards, educational accountability, parental rights, and a "back-to-basics" and traditional approach to education. He opposes Common Core and supports Prop 13 and parental choice options, such as charter schools.
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.
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 an strong opponent against Common Core and federal involvement in local education decisions.
He has appeared on radio and television programs defending the definition of marriage between a man and woman. He strongly believes in and promotes scientifically-based sex education programs that promote abstinence education. These programs have shown to decrease sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies.
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.
On a personal note, Ken strongly believes in our nation's founding father's vision of our country being the "shining city on the hill." He consistently promotes our nation's Constitution, the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, and the reliable standards of Judeo-Christian values as the reason for our nation's greatness.
He is a product of a middle class, traditional, and conservative family whose parents immigrated to the United States from Canada and England. 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 deploying to Iraq in May 2016 with the 101st Airborne division. Ken is a devoted husband of 35 years to his college sweetheart, Janet. Ken practices medicine and surgery in Irvine, his family are residents of the city of Villa Park, and he attends worship at Mariners Church in Irvine.