Steve was born in 1964 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. His parents soon moved to Santa Maria where Steve spent his early years attending local public schools. In 1982, he graduated as valedictorian from Maria Regina Academy in Spokane, Washington, and immediately moved to warmer weather in Phoenix. While in Arizona, Steve worked in the aerospace industry, culminating with his rise to senior buyer for Allied-Signal Aerospace. He eventually started his own consulting business, representing small-to-medium businesses within the defense contracting community.
In 1998, Steve returned to Santa Maria to be closer to his father who was recovering from some health issues. Steve purchased his father's childhood home on Speed Street and lives there with his beautiful wife Marian and three children–Fabian, Gabriel and Desirae. Steve and Marian are very active in the community, volunteering for various non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Elks Lodge #1538, Committee to Improve North County, Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association and Sons of the American Legion.
Steve was a senior level government staff assistant for 11 years, spending the last six years with Congressman Elton Gallegly as his Deputy Chief of Staff. During his tenure with Congressman Gallegly, Steve spent a lot of time with our youth, particularly those applying to service academies. In his six years, Steve helped close to 60 young men and women receive appointments to our nation's prestigious academies. Because of his commitment level, the U.S. Military Academy named him an Honorary Admissions Officer and bestowed on him the title of "Friend of West Point."
In June 2010, Steve was elected by the voters to become the supervisor of the Fifth District in Santa Barbara County and was sworn into office in January 2011. Steve took the lead in halting construction of the proposed $6.1M new County Administration building in Santa Maria, freeing the money to be spent on other, more worthwhile County projects. Steve has worked with the majority of other Board members to reject the Coastal Commission's changes to the County's proposed Land Use Development Code, eliminated the use of 411 directory assistance for County employees, and defended the rights of our oil and gas companies by ensuring their voices are heard as the County rewrites its "High Risk" ordinance.
Steve has worked collaboratively with the other Board members to significantly reduce the size of county government, close its budget shortfalls, and balance the budget with over $30M in strategic reserves. Steve is also the driving force behind Santa Barbara County's annual Veterans Stand Down event aimed at providing homeless and near homeless veterans all the services they need to reconnect to the community.
In his spare time, Steve referees local high school and junior college basketball. He loves to play golf with Marian and often enjoys backyard BBQs with friends and family.