I was born and raised in the Eau Claire area. I am married to my beautiful wife, Vicki. We have four beautiful children and two granddaughters.
In 1990, I entered the U.S. Army. Upon serving honorably, I came back home and entered the U.S. Army Reserves as a medic, 397th Engineer Battalion in Eau Claire. I am proud to be a veteran of the U.S. Army. We should thank all those who serve every day.
Upon returning home from the service, I entered the workforce and graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2001 with a degree in Police Science. That same year, I started with the Altoona Police Department. I was eventually promoted to the role of investigator and served as a member of the SWAT team. I became acting police chief of Altoona in 2011 and was appointed as police and fire chief in October 2013.
In 2018 I was elected as Representative for Wisconsin's 68th Assembly District. Serving the 68th has been one of the great honors of my life. I have served as Chair of the Substance Abuse and Prevention Committee and as a member of the Family Law (vice-chair), Children and Families, Corrections, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Mental Health, Small Business Development, and Veteran and Military Affairs committees.
I was appointed as a member of the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) and am a graduate of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD) program. During my time as a legislator, I have had the opportunity to see several bills I have authored signed into law relating to law enforcement officers, mental health, and protecting our kids. I was proud to be part of the latest budget that produced a $3.4 billion tax cut for Wisconsinites.
While serving as a state representative, I have come to believe more and more that my job is all about the constituents. This is not about agendas, putting on a show, or even politics - it's all about the people.
I am honored to run for the 23rd Senate District.