Elected Experience: Senator 39th Legislative District (unanimously appointed) 2018, Mayor City of Sedro-Woolley 2016-18, Sedro-Woolley City Councilman 2010-15
Other Professional Experience: 23 years service in the USMC and the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator flying helicopters; retired with rank of Commander. Served over 13 years in overseas locations flying resupply and Search and Rescue missions.
Education: United States Naval Academy (BS, Physical Oceanography); University of San Diego (MS, Global Leadership)
Community Service: Rotary International, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion Post 41, National Rifle Association, Former Board of Directors Sedro-Woolley Youth Football. Volunteer announcer for youth wrestling tournaments.
Statement: It was my honor serving you this past legislative session. My twenty-three-year military career as a pilot and naval officer coupled with executive experience as mayor gives me unique perspective on leadership and working with others to accomplish mutual goals. I believe in smaller government and reducing the tax burden on property owners. Government needs to respect not infringe upon our basic rights. I stood firmly for 2nd Amendment rights and against new taxes.
Raised in rural Skagit County, I have a deep personal connection to our district and its people. I understand the importance of promoting our farms and businesses. In Olympia, I worked cooperatively within my party and across the aisle developing collaborative solutions; and brought more than $10M of your hard-earned taxes back to our district for important projects, including money to fight the opioid epidemic and address behavioral health. We must continue working to accelerate solutions to our horrific traffic problems on SR522 and SR2; our citizens shouldn’t have to waste their lives in stop-and-go traffic.
Endorsed by 21 of 23 Senate Republicans, Representative Dan Kristiansen, former Representative John Koster, and a large majority of city mayors in the district.