Tony was born and raised in Missouri. A fifth-generation Missourian, Tony grew up in a small farming community and was proudly educated in the local public schools. His father, a career civil servant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his mother, a nurse, were strong influences who taught Tony and his two sisters the importance of serving others and giving back to their community.
After graduating from high school, Tony attended the University of Missouri in Columbia. During his junior year, Tony was elected Mizzou’s student body president. In that role, Tony advocated for students at MU to ensure their voices were heard by university administrators. It was also while campaigning for office that Tony met his wife.
During the summer after college, Tony worked as a White House intern in the Domestic Policy Council under President George W. Bush. The expertise and commitment to public service displayed by White House staff showed Tony how bright, motivated individuals can shape public policy and make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives at the highest levels of government.
At the end of his summer in the nation’s capital, Tony enrolled as a law student at the University of Missouri School of Law. While in law school, Tony was appointed by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt to serve as the student representative on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, the governing board for the UM System. In that role, Tony fought to keep tuition and fees low for Missouri students and families and served as a voting member on the committee to hire a new university president.
After graduating from law school, Tony clerked for a judge on the Missouri Supreme Court. Upon finishing his clerkship, Tony practiced law at a Kansas City-based law firm, where he focused on defending lawsuits brought against businesses and individuals. Tony is currently an attorney for a Kansas City business, where he oversees the company’s litigation.
Tony and his wife, Lucinda, are residents of Parkville. They are active members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. In his spare time, Tony enjoys traveling, watching sports (particularly his Mizzou Tigers), and spending time outdoors with his wife and their dog.