Shak Hill bio

Shak Hill bio | BY MARKUS SCHMIDT Richmond Times-Dispatch

 

Age: 52

Residence: Centreville in Fairfax County

Education: a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Western New England University with an M.B.A. in Finance

Career: former U.S. Air Force pilot, currently working in insurance and financial planning

Family: Married, six children

Shak Hill has always aimed high. He has served his country as a decorated combat pilot and concluded his career in the U.S. Air Force in the Presidential Wing, based at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Hill and his wife, Robin, have raised six children and fostered 46 more.

And now Hill has found his new mission — he wants to unseat Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and fix Washington.

“I’ll bring leadership without distractions to help save America from the destructive path that she is currently on,” Hill said.

Growing up in Louisiana, Hill started at the bottom. His parents did not have the means to pay for his Catholic school education, so Hill paid for it himself, working odd jobs at gas stations, as a bus boy at a local restaurant and as a stable boy at Louisiana Downs Race Track.

He graduated from Loyola College Preparatory School and moved on to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

After retiring from his military service, he started his own financial and insurance practice in Northern Virginia — a career choice giving him “unique insight” into the Affordable Care Act, he said.

“Unfortunately, it is not a health care delivery platform, but a mechanism to socialize health care delivery. I take issue with most of it.”

Hill said he decided to take on Warner because he believes that the Democrat cannot be trusted.

“Mr. Warner is no moderate. He talks a wonderful game, yet his votes are extreme. The people of Virginia were hopeful that he would be moderate, as his rhetoric espouses,” he said. “My campaign will tell the truth about Mr. Warner’s record. Then the people will realize that he holds extreme positions, yet lies to us about his intentions.”

Hill said the Affordable Care Act, which Warner supported, is not a medical delivery program or contract.

“It is a deliberate attempt to have the federal government circumvent private contracts, impose onerous regulations on the people and the states and it is a socialist takeover of our medical delivery to those who are in need of medicine and care,” Hill said.

Hill said that, as an insurance expert, he would restructure medical delivery and innovation by first making the marketplace patient-centered by fostering excellence and competition.

“Not with some government regulation, as the federal government has no jurisdiction inside of medical delivery, but with market-based incentives that foster patient choice, not insurance company mandates.”

Hill also opposes President Barack Obama’s push for a federal minimum wage increase. “This is a state issue and does not fall in the purview of the federal government,” he said.

But Hill vows to work with Democrats in the Senate on issues on which they can find common ground — for example with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, “especially when it comes to energy and coal.”

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