Jason was born in Richmond, Kentucky and grew up in Pike County. After graduating from the University of Kentucky he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 9.5 years, including a deployment to Iraq in 2006. He has been married to Elaine Foster for 18 years, they have two children, and they live in Harold, KY, pictured opposite.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with departmental honors from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy State University. He is a graduate of U.S. Air Force Officer Training School, Squadron Officer School, Joint Forces Command Systems Analysis Course, and Leadership East Kentucky. His awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Company Grade Officer of the Year 2004 349th RCS.
After an honorable discharge from the Air Force at the rank of Captain Jason worked for Science Applications International Corporation, Target Corporation, and the University of Pikeville. He was a cast member in the play Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and McCoys for two years portraying "Bad Frank" Phillips. He is also a member of the Big Sandy Road Runners, Team Rubicon, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has served as an advisor to two U.S. Senate campaigns and is a nationally published author with the Huffington Post. Jason is also an avid runner and a science fiction author.