I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and spent the first 22 years of my life living in different parts of my home state. I graduated from Southside High School in Etowah County and then earned a B.A. in Journalism from The University of Alabama.
I spent my professional journalism career working in radio, first in Virginia and then back in Alabama. After some time working in Birmingham, I returned to Tuscaloosa and served a decade as news director of Alabama Public Radio. During that time, I enrolled in graduate school and earned a Master’s in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Media History from The University of Alabama.
In 2009, I left full-time journalism to pursue a new career in full-time education, and I started overseas. I taught English language speaking and writing skills in Seoul, South Korea. That was a transformative experience for me, and my time overseas continues to fuel my desire to travel and learn from other cultures.
After nearly 14 months abroad, I returned to the United States to become an assistant professor of Mass Communication at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. I spent six years there as the student media adviser and Journalism faculty member in the Department of Communication.
WTAMU was a terrific place to work, but a rare opportunity presented itself when the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama began looking for a department chair. I was fortunate to be hired for the position, so I returned to my home state in August 2016.
My family has lived in Alabama for multiple generations, and I have a strong sense of loyalty to the people of this state. I have served my communities as a journalist and as an educator, and I am hopeful for the opportunity to serve Alabama’s 5th Congressional District as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
You can keep up with my campaign right here at ButlerCainForCongress.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also send me an email at AskButler@ButlerCainForCongress.com. Thank you for your interest and support!