My father came to Alaska in the 50’s to work for Bob Bartlett in his quest to achieve statehood. My grandfather founded the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in the 30’s. It’s fair to say I have public service in my DNA.
After careers as a teacher and prosecutor, I was first elected to the state house in 2013. In this role I am passionate about championing the needs of my community and bringing together divergent factions for a common cause. I am incredibly dedicated to my work, and like to brag that I didn’t miss a vote in my first nine years of service. My incredible focus on the details of the legislative process can exhaust even colleagues in my own party, but I will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of progress. I believe deeply in the American dream, and work everyday to remove the barriers that prevent it from being available to all Alaskans.
I live in Anchorage with my wife Donna. We enjoy kayaking, backpacking, tennis, swimming and baseball.