I grew up in a hardworking, blue-collar family in which my parents instilled the philosophy that hard work pays off. When it was time for me to go to college, I was fortunate enough to receive a football scholarship to Montana Tech. In my senior year I was elected Captain and named to the Associated Press All-American team. Upon graduating from Tech, I went into the field of Corrections, and after 35 years I retired as the Chief U.S. Probation Officer of Montana. During my career I was nationally known as one of the leaders in the Corrections field. In 2016 I was elected a House Representative for HD52 and served in the 2017 – 2018 Legislature, and was named to multiple committees.
While serving in the Montana legislature, I used the experience accumulated over my career to pass legislation aimed at balancing public safety with criminal justice reform. This legislation ensured Montanans who made mistakes had the ability to move forward and become productive members of society.