Hometown: Prairie Village.
Occupation: Economist, former aide to Rep. Jan Meyers.
Education: bachelor's degree, economics and political science, Northwestern University; master's degree, economics, George Mason University.
Abortion: Personally pro-life. Doesn't think federal government should be involved in the issue, but it should be decided at the state level.
Balanced budget: Favors a balanced-budget amendment.
Taxes: Wants to scrap current tax code for a single, simplified rate, either a consumption tax or a flat tax.