Growing up in North Carolina, my parents instilled in me the values of hard work, public service, and gratitude for all that our great country has to offer. My father was a minister who served our country in World War II, while also serving our family, congregation, and the community of Winston-Salem. My mother was an elementary school teacher who understood the value of education and its power to lift people out of poverty.
I attended public schools in Winston-Salem, where I started my football career, and I continued to play football at Wake Forest University, where I earned a degree in Communications. I met the love of my life, Brooke, shortly thereafter. Together we have two incredible sons and were recently blessed with our first grandchild.
I began my career in equipment sales in North Carolina, only to find that the policies of our government only held back people trying to work their way up. It was then that I decided I wanted to run for public office, to make a real difference in our country for the sake of my children and my community.
After representing North Carolina’s Fifth District, I was elected to the United States Senate, and I am honored to work for the people of North Carolina. I currently serve as the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where I oversee the nation’s intelligence agencies to ensure that they are working together to keep our country safe. During my time in the Senate, I have made it my mission to ensure the safety and security of our citizens both at home and abroad. I am working to protect the rights of crime victims while giving law enforcement the tools they need to bring criminals to justice. I have fought for our veterans and military families who have fought so hard for us, to protect the retirement security of seniors, and to make college more affordable so that every American has a shot at the American Dream. But my work is far from done. As the Senator for North Carolina, I will continue working to restore the strength of our economy, to expand opportunity for all Americans, and to keep our country safe.