Born and raised in Oklahoma, Steve graduated from Del City High School as class president. He attended Ouachita Baptist University for Public Speaking and completed the Army ROTC program. Following college, Steve earned a master's degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Steve began his 21-year career in the U.S. Army as a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and completed the U.S. Army Ranger School.
Driven by the desire to serve his country, he was deployed to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq where he commanded the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, which played a critical role in the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Upon retirement, he returned to Oklahoma with his wife, Cindy, and their five children, three of whom were adopted from Hungary.
Oklahomans elected Steve to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2008, where he led efforts to serve the people of the Sooner State by protecting the unborn, combating human trafficking, improving veterans benefits and reforming the adoption process.
In November 2014, Steve was elected in a six-way primary to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Oklahoma's Fifth District.
In Washington, Steve continues to advocate to protect our country through a stronger national defense and providing for our veterans. He is also a staunch advocate of reforming government and eliminating wasteful spending. He has continued to identify and document government waste through eight editions and counting of the Congressional Waste Watch, following in the footsteps of fiscal conservative and former Oklahoma U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn.
In Washington, Steve has pushed through partisan gridlock to pass legislation. The Center for Effective Lawmaking recognized him as one of the most effective lawmakers in Congress, placing him in the top 15 percent of his colleagues.
Steve has identified roughly $120 billion in wasteful government spending and has also introduced legislation to save the government $21 billion since 2014. He has successfully secured over $4 billion worth of cost-cutting measures signed into law by two Presidents from different parties.
He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Steering Committee as well as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of which he serves as acting Vice-Chairman and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security. Steve is also the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Warrior Caucus, which is comprised of House Members who have served in combat.
Steve is a small business owner and the only rifle manufacturer in Congress. He and his wife Cindy live in Choctaw, Oklahoma and are members of First Southern Baptist Church of Del City.