Walking with my wife Chris

More about my family and me

Personal

  • Raised on a farm in Ohio
  • Married 22 years to wife, Chris
  • Proud dad of twins Danny and Peggy, step-dad to adult sons Don and Sam, granddan to Natalie and Sophie
  • IFR-rated pilot; musician/songwriter; outdoorsman
  • Member, Joy Lutheran Church

Education

  • B.A., English-Journalism, Miami University, 1983
  • M.A., Journalism, Ohio State University, 1987

Professional

  • Newspaper reporter and engineering magazine editor in Ohio
  • Reporter, Anchorage Times — covered military, resource development, finance
  • Public relations writer and account executive for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
  • Legislative staff to four Alaska Republican lawmakers, including House Republican Majority
  • Deputy press secretary, Alaska Governor’s Office
  • Special assistant, Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Deputy director of Boards and Commissions for Governor Sarah Palin, and Governor Sean Parnell

Political

  • Alaska State Representative, Chugiak-Eagle River, JBER, 2011-present
  • Vice-Chair, House Finance Committee
  • Co-Chair, House Resources Committee
  • Co-Chair, Joint Armed Services Committee
  • Member, House Labor & Commerce committee, Education Committee, and Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Chairman of budget subcommittees for Department of Health and Social Services, and Department of Law
  • Chairman of Republican Party’s district committee in Eagle River, 6 years
  • Lifelong Republican; great-grandfather was Republican state senator in Ohio
  • Vice Chair Resources committee and member of Military and Veterans Task Force with National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Member, In-State Gas Caucus, Veterans Caucus (ex officio), Outdoor Heritage Caucus
  • Recipient of Key Coalition "Golden Key Award, 2016; Hope Community Resources "Legislator of the Year," 2015; Winner of National Guard Association of United States "Patrick Henry Award," 2014; Council of State Governments' "Henry F. Toll Fellow," 2012

Memberships

  • National Rifle Association
  • Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
  • Eagle River Rotary
  • Chugiak Senior Center
  • Alaska Veterans Museum
  • Association of U.S. Army
  • Air Force Association
  • Anchorage Republican Women’s Club
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
  • Alaska Airmen’s Association
  • Safari Club International

Philosophy

  • Limited government
  • Strong national defense
  • Individual liberties/personal responsibility
  • Fiscal prudence
  • Faith in God

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