Luke is a Disability Self Advocate who has a diagnosis of Aspergers . He attended Kirkwood public schools and was active in many extracurriculars initiating a recycling program at his middle school and achieving Eagle rank with the Boy Scouts of America. His eagle project was building a training course for the Puppies for parole, a rehabilitative program in which prisoners train dogs for adoption in coordination with Missouri Department of Corrections and Local Animal Shelters. This further led to his involvement in fighting the death penalty in MO. In 2015, he received the Spotlight Award from Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) for extraordinary efforts in his appeals for clemency.
He graduated with an Associates degree from Saint Louis Community College in the Summer of 2018. Simultaneously with his studies, he completed the Partners in Policy Making Program of the MO Developmental Disabilities Council, learning how to advance systems-based changes for individuals and families. In 2020, Luke was awarded the Youth Leadership Award from the Governor's Council on Disability.
He is now completing a bachelor's degree in Social Work & Public Policy from the University of Missouri - St. Louis where he cofounded the Able-Disable Partnership at UMSL, a student club focused on advocating for building modifications and growing the advocacy of other students with disabilities. He is very familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Luke's passion for politics has been evident for many years and his determination is unparalleled.