Gene is a founding member and current president of Florida Veterans for Common Sense. He served in the Air Force as a linguist and analyst (1964-1968). He practiced law in Sarasota, Florida until his retirement in 1999. He wrote the books Adventuring in Paradise, a non-fiction outdoor recreation guide for Southwest Florida and Suwannee Divide, an historical novel about Florida during the Civil War. The Sarasota Herald Tribune and other Florida media have published his guest columns.