I am a lifelong resident of Dane County, currently serving my fifth term in the Wisconsin State Assembly. In addition to serving as a State Legislator, I am an attorney and a small business owner. My wife Lynn and I have three children: Jenny, Matt and Andy (Rita); two grandsons, Lucas and Victor; and a pug, Lucy.
I graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1969 and went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before graduating from Gonzaga University Law School in 1976.
A strong dedication to public service is evident in many areas of my life. During my career I have belonged to a variety of community organizations. These include: Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Dane County Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce*, U.W. Flying Club (chairman of the Board of Directors), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus (fourth-degree member), Sun Prairie Cable Access Board, Sun Prairie Telecommunications Board, YMCA*, Sun Prairie Public Library Board of Trustees*, Sacred Hearts Parish Council (former trustee), Sun Prairie Quarterback Club*, and the Sun Prairie Optimist Club*.
For the last 27 years I have served as legal counsel to Operation Fresh Start, a nonprofit corporation that works with troubled youth who have had problems with the law, school or both. This program provides young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop self-worth and confidence in a work environment. The candidates are taught a skill in the building trades and in many cases the program enables them to obtain gainful employment.
I have also been the recipient of numerous awards for my professional accomplishments including: being named to the Sun Prairie High School Wall of Success, 2015;Legislator of the Year 2009 and 2010 from the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Association of Public Channels 2007 and 2010 Friend of Access Award; Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Conservation Champion Award 2005-06, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14, and 2015-16; Sun Prairie Star poll Best Attorney in Sun Prairie 2002-2004, 2008-2011; Madison Magazine One of Madison’s Best Real Estate Attorneys 2002; Sun Prairie Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award 2003; Chamber of Commerce Judith Krivsky Business Person of the Year Award 2002; Sun Prairie Business and Education Partnership Outstanding Small Business of the Year 2001.
* – indicates Former President of this group