I grew up in the small town of Mayville, with a love for the outdoors. Like many people in Wisconsin, I learned the value of hard work early. I worked on local farms picking stones, milking cows and bailing hay which I continue to do today. At 14 I began working at the local hardware store in town, and took pictures for the weekly newspaper throughout high school. I went on to attend UW Fond du Lac and Marian College. Later I enrolled at the Milwaukee Police Academy and then WI Department of Corrections Academy. I spent the last 5 years as an officer at Waupun Correctional Institution. Currently, I work as a Private Investigator, battling fraud in the insurance industry. Every day I use the training received in both academies to help and serve the public.
I am married to Cassie, who I have been with for 12 years. We have 3 dogs and live in Waupun, in our second house. We spent the first few years here restoring our Victorian home back to its historic beauty (still a work in progress). We now spend our free time working in our yard, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
In the past year I have watched how the situation in the great State of Wisconsin has affected those around me. As a political outsider, I look at things differently: I believe the government should govern for the people, not special interests. I will serve the people of the 53rd Assembly District by contributing my experience, education, training, and a strong desire to help find solutions to the tough issues facing Wisconsin, including the economy, agriculture, education, public safety, and the environment.
Restoring collective bargaining rights is a top priority. Hard working people have not made the financial mess the state is in, and I refuse to stand by and watch hard working Wisconsinites continually be attacked and told that this situation is their fault. Hard workers are not the problem. It’s time for corporations to pay their fair share: No more free rides for companies that ship our jobs over seas. I have spent my adult life as a civil servant, serving the public battling crime and fraud in the insurance industry. I uniquely understand public safety in regards to the state budget and I am eager to work for the people. The 53rd assembly district is a slice of Wisconsin. It represents small towns, farmers, medium sized villages, some suburban areas, and part of the City of Oshkosh. This district does not want extreme politicians from either side: it seeks moderate leaders who will compromise and work across the aisle for the common good, men like Rep. Dick Spanbauer (R), a moderate Republican who had the independence to vote against the Walker budget.