I was born, raised, and educated in San Diego, Texas. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, which I put into practice in a number of positions in government and with social service agencies, as well as with political campaigns.
I served as director of community and economic development for Duval County before founding and publishing the Duval County Picture, a weekly newspaper from 1987-1999. I served as mayor of the Duval County seat of San Diego for two terms, from 1992-1999.
In March 2015 I published my first book, Balo’s War, A Novel About the Plan of San Diego.
I have also written book reviews for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the Journal of South Texas, and Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture. I have written history articles for the Journal of South Texas and The Handbook of Texas Online, as well a columns for various Texas newspapers on history and current affairs.