Sean believes statesmen can still exist in the 21st century. He has worked on progressive campaigns across the Tri-State, most recently supporting movements for multi-modal transportation across the region. In 2005 Sean was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky, a commission that has become "synonymous with strength of character, leadership and dedication to the welfare of others." He is possibly the youngest person to ever receive this commission.
Sean has held many titles and offices for various organizations ranging from local community clubs to national professional associations. He served in student government in both high school and college (where annual appropriations were in excess of $100,000) and more recently as a Board Member for Farrington's Grove Historical District, Inc. From 2007-2010, Sean served as the Kentucky State Representative for Hillary Clinton's proposed US Public Service Academy, lobbying in DC in support of locating it in the Tri-State area.
Sean is an alumnus of the Ohio Democratic Leadership Institute's class of 2013. In June of 2015 he led a team of stakeholders through the development of state-level policy to address Ohio's looming student loan crisis, taking first prize from a panel of expert judges in Ohio's first Polithon.
Working hard to break the chains of poverty, Sean earned his place as a Coca-Cola Scholar, Presidential Freedom Scholar, and the first Jim Huff Scholar, among other distinctions. But he always remembers where he came from and the public and private social safety net that helped enable his success. He knows it's expensive being poor, and will continue the struggle against inequalities thrust upon us by rigged economic, political and 'justice' systems that work against the working class.
Sean began his professional career at age 14, working at minimum wage to support himself and his disabled parents. The adult in the room from an early age, he got involved civically his freshman year when he traveled to DC with the Cincinnati chapter of the Mars Society to lobby in support of ProSpace's efforts to increase NASA funding. Acknowledging his leadership potential, Sean was invited to attend Kentucky Boys' State, a distinction shared with Bill Clinton, Neil Armstrong, Michael Jordan and many other American leaders. There he chaired the House Committee on Labor, Education, Health and Welfare.
Returning from Boys' State, he co-founded a Freedom's Answer chapter where he rallied students to obtain non-partisan voting pledges from family and friends old enough to vote, organized a 9/11 ceremony to honor first responders and co-sponsored a Support the Troops drive. Sean has been awarded the Key to the Future Award by the Covington Community Center and the Key to the City of Covington by then Mayor Bowman.
Sean is a strong supporter of the local entrepreneurship community, often participating in Startup Weekends and like events. He believes in corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line. When he can find the time between work and family commitments, he has been known to volunteer at Cincinnati Works, the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and the Giving Fields.
Where are the scientists? Where are the engineers? Where's the rest of life, represented [in government]?