I was born in 1979 in Portland, Oregon, the second child of a multigenerational Oregon family. My mother was a public health nurse and administrator at the Multnomah County Health Department, and my father was a licensed pilot and aviation mechanic. He later started a small Oregon made products business where I worked during summers and school vacations. My older sister is a PhD Special Education teacher in a Title 1 elementary school in Portland.
My family has been politically active my whole life and has advocated many candidates who supported healthcare access and reform, as well as those who focused on women’s rights. Our family supported the early campaigns of Oregon’s Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, Secretary of State, Shemia Fagan, as well as Senator Jeff Merkley (OR-D), to name a few.
After graduating from Benson Polytechnic High School, I worked in movie theaters.
Although I briefly attended Louisiana State University, I decided that college was not for me and returned home to sharpen my project management and technical skills in the cinema Industry.
After nine months of working at Cinetopia, I moved to Vancouver to reduce my commute. During my tenure at this AMC franchise, I continued to move upward, eventually designing, budgeting, and overseeing the construction and operational openings of new multiplex theaters.
I also met my wife Amber while working at the Cinetopia multiplex (now known as AMC Vancouver Mall 23).
In 2016, during a resurgence of the cinema industry, I joined Christie Digital Systems. I excelled with their global implementation project for Dolby Cinema and quickly became the go-to person for installs and calibration of the complex laser-based projection system. In this role, I traveled all over the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. My experience has helped me hone my ability to know when to advise the people who were turning the wrenches, and when I needed to step in and turn the wrenches myself.
My loving wife Amber and I have been married since January 2009. We are the proud parents of four wonderful children. Briana, Addison, Braydon, and Brynlee. Tragically, our beloved daughter Addison was born and passed on the same day in 2012 (see Issues’ Pro-Choice page for the full story). As heartbreaking as this was, I experienced firsthand many of the healthcare issues that until then had been “esoteric.” Facing the immediate life and death issues surrounding Amber’s care and Addison’s short life, not to mention the resulting financial burdens of this family tragedy, has become one of the larger motivating forces in my life.
As such, I have personal knowledge of life and death decision making. In the current political climate, some of the choices we had to make to save my wife’s life wouldn’t be available. If the events of 2012 were happening today, I would be a widower and a father, instead of a husband and a father.
Of our surviving children, the two older ones attend public elementary school in the Evergreen School District while our youngest embodies the entirety of the terrible twos!
I have called Southwest Washington my home for nearly two decades. My life’s experiences have taught me to take decisive action when presented with complex problems. No one person has all the answers, and I understand that seeking counsel is a tenet of informed decision making. As your representative, I will listen to the problems you face and work towards solutions that benefit all the citizens of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Together we can move towards a brighter, more prosperous and healthier future.
Let’s Heal Washington!