Steven, a fifth-generation Texan, grew up in San Angelo attending Central High School, and graduating from Texas A&M University in 1995. Steven answered the call to service before, joining the Army Reserve in 2004 at the age of 32 to serve two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge and the Joint Services Commendation Medal. He left the reserve after 11 years of distinguished service in 2015.
The current corrosive political environment has convinced him to return to fight for his community in a new capacity, as a Texas State Senator.