Steven is a seventh-generation Texan; born, raised and attended public schools in Harris County, Texas, and went to Arizona State University, studying political science with a focus in foreign policy.
He is on a team of three people who are business and efficiency experts for the City of Houston. That team has worked through departments to root out waste and abuse, as well as ensure that government employees are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars; focusing on projects such as improving the permitting process for business owners, working to prioritize smoke detector installation to ensure maximum safety, or auditing the crime lab to ensure that sexual assault kits are tested as quickly as possible, he is always thinking about ensuring the government works as hard as the taxpayers.
During his tenure at the City of Houston, his team has directly saved taxpayers $15m by identifying waste, and indirectly saved $75m through streamlining processes and procedures. Prior to that, he was part of an economic development team that negotiated $700m in direct investment into the local economy, and over $25m of public right-of-way improvements.
What he is most proud of is working to change the hearts and minds of career bureaucrats to adopt the new processes and ensure better results for the citizens.
Steven has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for nine years, and they make their home in Tomball. Through his long Texas lineage, he was raised with the “no nonsense” approach that Texans love. His great-grandfather owned the first company that carbonated sodas in the Houston area; instilling the small-business mentality in the family. His parents are both educators; his mother teaching kindergarten and special education, and his father teaching 8th-grade science.