A native of Edmond, OK, in the heart of the reddest Red State, Brett is the oldest of three sons born to a Navy family. Moving around the state and across the country, his family returned to home base in Edmond where Brett graduated from the acclaimed Deer Creek High School…as close as a government school can come to quality private education.
Brett received two Congressional nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy, but (much to the chagrin of his father) chose instead to accept a Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Oklahoma (wife, Jessica, insists she was the reason he chose to stay close to home).
Brett engaged in all things civic soon after entering OU. As a founding member, Brett joined a handful of other young men in starting and operating the first conservative newspaper in the university’s history. He managed his first political campaign in the successful election of Brad McMullen as President of UOSA (recall the controversy that ensued when ESPN covered McMullan’s call for the ouster of OU Football Head Coach John Blake). While managing their start-up corporate services company with his wife, Brett was tapped by Americans for Fair Taxation as Chairman for Oklahoma AFT.
Disabused by divine circumstance of his dream to become a Navy fighter pilot (oddly the Defense Department prefers pilots with good eye sight) — he graduated from OU with a BBA in Marketing and moved immediately to Virginia Beach (home, ironically, to a bunch of Navy fighter pilots) after accepting a scholarship to Regent University’s joint Law-Government graduate program. Brett was soon after elected President of the student body’s Council of Graduate Students (COGS).
At Regent Brett initiated his political activity after being tapped to run the Virginia and West Virginia campaigns for Alan Keyes for President. He and Jessica moved to D.C. following graduation with an MA in Government to pursue his PhD at Catholic University. But when paying the bills began to take precedence, he put the doctoral program on hold and dived head-first into political consulting, training under Carlyle Gregory.
After three long years in D.C. (and one baby on the way), Brett and Jessica made the decision to trek back home. In 2004, they ventured 1,339 grueling miles in three days with two-month-old Rebekah screaming the entire distance (did we mention it was grueling?) and landed finally in Guthrie, OK…just shy of Edmond.
Brett immediately jumped back into all things political. He ran his father’s campaign for OK State House, and in a crowded primary of six came in a close third place. Following the historic Republican takeover of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Brett accepted a political appointment to the House staff in early 2005. He went on to consult in the charter of multiple conservative political action committees. And in 2007, Brett served as National Grassroots Director for Duncan Hunter for President. Since that time he has consulted with multiple non-profits, charities and public interest organizations.
In 2008, Brett consulted with the U.S. State Department, in coordination with his father, then U.S. Diplomat to Iraq, in bringing a delegation of Iraqi leaders to the U.S. for a tour of several states and capitals. He maintains extensive ties with DOS officials around world, specifically in Asia and Latin America.
Brett now serves on the boards of numerous committees, organizations, non-profits, and is the CEO of Veritas Strategies, a digital media consulting firm. He is the author of the short novel entitled The Dream and is currently authoring a memorial biography after the tragic death of his father during the ‘Surge’ campaign for Iraqi freedom in 2008. He and his family are converts to the Roman Catholic Church (2011), members of St. Monica Catholic Church and are active in the Edmond and greater-OKC community.