As a Marine Colonel serving around the world and a civilian trial attorney, I have a proven record spanning four decades. I grew up in a hardworking, middle-class, blue-collar family and was the first Applegate to graduate from college. Joining the Marines months before Saigon fell, I became an infantry officer and, later, a Judge Advocate. My values come from my parents. My mom owned a neighborhood convenience store and later was an insurance agent. My father, a World War II veteran twice wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, worked a bread route and served as a union GM plant security officer.

My business career and military duties have been both challenging and rewarding. I have advised Marine commanders, defended and prosecuted war crimes, and conducted complex civil and criminal trials. After a combat tour in Ramadi, Baghdad, and Fallujah, I retired from the Marine Corps in 2006, having served 32 years in the Corps, active and reserve. I’ve lived and worked in the 49th Congressional District since being stationed at Camp Pendleton in 1981; my children grew up here.

Decades ago, I volunteered to serve my country, the greatest on Earth. Now, we need new, positive leadership committed to integrity, accountability, and transparency in order to create a Congress that will remove from government the influence of big money. I will fight to ensure equal pay for equal work and to return to America jobs that provide living wages. My military background allows me to ask the right questions to strengthen our national defense, to improve the Veterans Administration, and to stop endless wars. I will demand comprehensive immigration reform that makes American employers part of the solution.


True patriotism is about serving our country in any way we can. Our duty as citizens is to keep America strong and working for all of us. Too many people today believe that playing by the rules and working hard are not enough to give the next generation the chance to get ahead.  I will fight to give all hard-working Americans an opportunity to succeed. With three children, including one in college, I know our future depends on good-paying jobs, affordable college, and a strong middle class. By cutting through the politics and focusing on common sense solutions, I will connect with voters across party lines in a district that includes Camp Pendleton, and nearly 80,000 veteran households.

I ask for, and would be honored to have, your vote. We need to make government work for all Americans.


  • We can and must strengthen the economy and save the middle class -- without deficit spending, with fair gender pay, and with access to quality healthcare for all Americans.

  • The health of America's economy depends on wise investments to build the world's best transportation network, an outstanding communications system, and a fully integrated, nationwide, renewable energy program.

  • Wall Street’s bribery of Congress must end so sensible regulations can be passed. Taxpayers should not have to cover the losses of reckless Wall Street bankers.

  • Use of the Hastert Rule (not an actual rule, just an informal policy used by the Republican majority) must end so that 25% of Congress cannot prevent a floor vote on legislation. 

  • Americans have the right to know what's in the water and food we consume and to be notified of effects we might experience, especially from GMOs. 

  • We need a bipartisan immigration bill that involves employers and provides a path to citizenship, especially for Dreamers -- young people who were brought to the U.S. when they were children and have lived here for almost their entire lives.

  • The U.S. mandatory sentencing laws and resulting incarceration rates are immoral, racist, and socially destructive. 

  • The American government must honor its contracts with working Americans.  They deserve financial security in retirement; affordable, quality healthcare; and a good education for their children.