I am proud to have grown up in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Some of my favorite memories include summers spent playing little league baseball at Big Willow and riding my bike along the area’s many trails and through its parks. I attended Hopkins Public Schools from kindergarten until graduation at Hopkins High School. It is an incredible honor to represent my hometown community at the Capitol.
After spending four years at Vanderbilt University and earning a degree, with honors, in political science, I wanted to increase my understanding of the law and the governmental process and came back home to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. From there, I practiced law at a leading Twin Cities firm in the areas of real estate, general corporate and litigation. In January of 2013, I started my own company that provides real estate consultancy services for affordable housing developments. In addition, I continue to practice law in Minnetonka, specializing in real estate transactions and serve as a volunteer attorney with the Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project, providing free legal representation to low-income victims of domestic violence seeking Orders for Protection (OFP). I live in Minnetonka with my wife, Kate, who owns her own small business, and our rescue dog, Emma.
At the Capitol, I have fought for fair and just laws that provide working people and their families, seniors, students, young professionals, small businesses, entrepreneurs and veterans all across Minnesota with opportunities to succeed. During my time in office, I created two nation-leading pieces of legislation that would provide for meaningful student loan debt relief: one bill would have provided grants to high-achieving Minnesota students covering any tuition and fees not taken care of by other private grants or scholarships. The other bill would have provided for up to a $5,000 refundable tax credit to cover student loan payments for all Minnesotan student loan debtors. In addition, I was presented with the Reform Property Taxes Minnesota 2015 Legislative Award for work in trying to reduce Minnesotans’ property tax burdens. Further, Clean Water Action designated me as an “Environmental Hero” with a 100% score on issues that seriously affect clean and renewable energy, water quality, and toxins in our environment.
It would be a privilege to continue to represent my neighbors, friends and family members of District 44B at the legislature. If reelected, I promise to do my best to ensure that for our District – and our state – the best days are yet to come!
Thank you for your interest in my campaign. I look forward to visiting with you and earning your support.