Dana grew up in Pascagoula, MS, graduating from Pascagoula High School in 1981. He then attended Delta State University, graduating in 1986 with a degree in Commercial Aviation. Dana continued his education at Northeast Louisiana University, now University of Louisiana, Monroe, receiving a Master’s of Education degree in 1988.
Dana began his career as a commercial pilot back in Pascagoula where he flew a corporate turbo-jet aircraft for a company located in Gautier, MS. During his time in Pascagoula, Dana became an officer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Auxiliary and became a training officer and pilot for the Mississippi Civil Air Patrol. Eventually he left Mississippi for a position in Nashville, TN, as a pilot for American Eagle Airlines.
After 5 years as an airline pilot, Dana returned to Mississippi and Delta State University where he served as an Assistant Chief Flight Instructor and a Professor of Aviation.
In 1998 Dana moved his family to Olive Branch, MS to work for FedEx as a pilot instructor on the Boeing 727 and the MD11 aircraft. During his time at FedEx as an instructor, Dana was also the Curriculum Manager for the MD11 Training Department.
Since 2001 Dana has been a pilot for FedEx, today he is a Captain on the Boeing 757 aircraft.
Julie, Dana’s wife, is a stay-at-home mom and believes strongly in the importance of a mother instilling Christian family values while children are young that will serve them throughout life. All the children have been home schooled for the first few years of their schooling, Janine, who lives in Southaven with her husband and daughter, was home schooled through high school. Dana and Julie have a daughter attending the University of Southern Mississippi, a daughter attending Northwest Community College, a son attending Desoto County Public Schools and their youngest attends a private school.
Dana and his family are active members of Getwell Road Church located in Southaven, MS. Dana serves Getwell Church as a member of the Security and Safety Team.
For several years Dana was the Owner/Editor/Writer of the popular blog, Mississippi Gun News, www.MississippiGunNews.com. Dana started researching and writing about laws and how they affected the right to keep and bear arms simply as a way to better inform himself and his immediate family. Shortly after placing his research on a website, others discovered his writing and within a few months Mississippi Gun News had a following of several thousand people a day.
Dana is a strict Constitutional Conservative and believes our founding fathers received divine guidance as they wrote our constitution and established our nation. He believes our constitution is the key to maintaining our liberties and freedoms and as an elected official hopes to persuade and educate others on the importance of adhering to our founding principles.
As a christian, husband, father, and a recent grandfather Dana wants to be a part of the solution that restores and preserves our freedoms and liberties for the generations to follow.