Bio

I was raised and still live in Maplewood and have a deep commitment to the area. I have been married for 23 years to my wife Kristi, who works for the University of Minnesota. I have three children and all have attended local public schools. Emily is a sophomore at Hamline University, and belongs to UFCW Local 1189 at Cub Foods. Hannah is a junior at The School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. My son Peter graduated from Hamline University and works at the Department of Commerce and as a paid on-call Firefighter/EMT for White Bear Lake. I am finishing my first term as the Representative for House Seat 43A.

Legislative Committees

  • Environment and Natural Resources Policy
  • Health and Human Services Finance
  • Housing Finance and Policy
  • Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries

Professional Career

My professional career is extensive. The first 30 years of my career was spent in private club management.

In 2007 I changed career paths and was hired by Avenues for Homeless Youth as Director of Finance and Operations to help restore financial accuracy and stability. Avenues is a small nonprofit serving homeless youth that was in financial difficulty because of state funding cuts. When I started at Avenues there was a large amount of debt and for a number of months we barely had enough money to make payroll. I am proud to say that within two years we were generating surpluses and had even established a reserve.

Success continued and we expanded from 15 to 20 beds and have added several more programs to help meet the needs of homeless youth ages 16 to 21. We are also in the process of expanding our services and partnering with new organizations to expand service. Still, Wilder Research estimates that, on any night in the state of Minnesota, over 4,000 youth and young adults are homeless and unaccompanied by an adult on any day.

P.S. for additional information about youth homelessness please check out http://www.avenuesforyouth.org/aboutyouthhomelessness.html