Steve Kraus was raised in Erie County, Ohio, graduating from Sandusky High School in 1977.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Troy State University, Alabama. He earned an Auctioneering License at Walton School of Auctioneering, and a Real Estate License from Ohio Business College.
Steve enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 18, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, serving as an Electronics Warfare Technician for 11 years. He
had numerous duty stations, including Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, Seymour-Johnson
AFB, NC, Osan AFB, South Korea, and Hurlburt Fld, FL.
Steve distinguished himself early as a leader, with additional duty responsibilities as Shift Supervisor, Decon Team Chief, Disaster Preparedness NCOIC and Flight Team Member/Liaison. He was deployed to the Philippines, Japan, Germany, and Panama.
After serving his country he went to work as an Engineer Assistant for Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA., and then as a Field Engineer for System Research Laboratories out of Dayton, Ohio.
Steve was instrumental in the Flight Test Program of the MH53J Pavelow Helicopter for the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Fld, FL. As a Field Engineer, Steve deployed as a GS-12 (rank of Lt. Col.) with 1st SOW for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. While at King Fahd AB, Saudi Arabia, Kraus distinguished himself by expediting repair on a mission critical MC 130 Combat Talon aircraft. His actions directly contributed to the successful accomplishment of this highly classified/time sensitive sortie and he was commended by his superiors for his service. Steve also deployed to Incrlick AFB, Turkey where he helped enforce the no-fly zone over northern Iraq.
Steve then left the military sector and entered into a variety of private sector endeavors. He worked for a short time as a Field Engineer for Stock Equipment Company, traveling to Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia. He currently is an auctioneer, licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and bonded in favor of the State of Ohio. He also is a licensed realtor, working with Prudential Stadtmiller Realty. He has successfully conducted over 300 auctions.
Steve was the Vice-Chairman and two term Chairman for the Okaloosa County Christian Coalition, FL. He participated in Pro-Life Rallies at abortion clinics in Pensacola, FL. He believes that protecting the sanctity of human life is a critical issue in the fight for the morality of our nation.
Steve is a fiscal conservative who believes that the taxpayers know best how to spend their money. He is a strong advocate for accountability, and would champion the call for Congress to live under the same laws it passes. Steve believes in a common, no non-sense approach to spending: live with-in your means attitude. As a liaison working between contractors and the Government, Steve saw firsthand the fraud, waste, and misuse of taxpayer dollars. He believes that government must be limited in the money they are allowed to spend.