Master's in Literature. Oregon State University. 2008.
Bachelor's in History. Western Washington University. 1991.
I was born in Seattle and grew up in Lake Forest Park.
I went to Shorecrest High School and played on the football team in my senior year. I learned fencing in high school and continued to fence in college.
One summer I rode my bicycle from Seattle to Walla Walla.
I learned rock climbing at Western Washington University and climbed for three seasons. I went on family hikes as a boy and continue to camp and hike.
I have been riding motorcycles for more than 13 years, and I currently ride a 2013 Harley-Davidson XL 1200 Custom. I have been to the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally in Baker City, Oregon twice (2018 and 2019).
I taught at the college level for more than ten years. While I was teaching, I was elected to be a union representative (SCCFT - Local 1950), and in the 2016 - 2017 academic year I was elected to be a Contract Negotiator, representing the faculty.
For seven years I taught the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and Early American History (among other topics and courses).
You might be thinking to yourself, "Wait a minute, aren't college professors liberal?"
Most of them are. And that's why I walked on eggshells throughout grad school and in my college teaching career.
Before September 11, 2001, I was not very political. But 9/11 changed my life. After the attacks, I had a friend who said America deserved what happened (Rev. Jeremiah Wright said as much when he said that, "America's chickens have come home to roost"), and that ended our friendship. I can tell you, I jumped off the fence in 2001. I have vocally supported America (a busy job in liberal Seattle) ever since.
I care about America, today's youth and the kind of country they are going to make in the future. I care about our veterans, and I want to be a strong advocate for them. I see many of our traditions, values, and institutions in jeopardy from the Left, and that has motivated me to run for public office.
Thank you for visiting my campaign website, and I really hope for your support.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS (In no particular order.)
The Portable Thomas Jefferson.
Edited by Merrill D. Peterson. Includes Jefferson's public papers, speeches and letters.
The Federalist Papers.
Edited by Charles Kesler & Clinton Rossiter. Essays in favor of the U.S. Constitution authored by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.
The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged.
Edited by Edward Lathem.
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution.
Richard Beeman. 2009.
Leaves of Grass.
Walt Whitman. 1855.
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (1979)
Theodore Rex (2001)
Colonel Roosevelt (2010)
Edmund Morris's three-volume biography.
Capitalism In America (2018) by Alan Greenspan, and liking it.
Call Sign Chaos (2019) by Gen. Jim Mattis.