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Born in Dodge City Kansas, 1961 (age 52).  In 1979 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Chris served in East Asia, primarily Japan. While living in Japan, he earned a second degree black belt and learned to speak Japanese.  Chris then attended college in Kansas City, Mo. as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

He moved to Hawaii in 1986, working in sales and pension and investment consulting.  Chris moved to Indonesia in 1990. There, he co-founded Pacific Financial Services in Jakarta, managing client investment portfolios and syndicating investment projects throughout Asia.  After returning to the U.S., Chris raised his two daughters as a single parent while mastering software design and computer programming.  He remarried in 2005 to Mariati Tani (Ria). Tragically, in 2012 Ria tragically drowned when they unexpectedly encountered class five rapids while white water rafting.  Chris laid Ria to rest at the Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.

 Chris became active beginning in 2003 in reforming Hawaii's anti-father Family Court system. Over the next 11 years, Chris gained legislative experience as a member of the Family Court Legal Task Force.  During this time, Chris worked in the office of Representative Cindy Evans, then as Office Manager to Representative Rida Cabanilla.