I have been married to my wife, Suzanne for 42 years. We have five children and 4 grandchildren. Three of our sons joined U.S. Marines and our oldest retired after 20 years. My son Justin served on the USS Dubuque when it took down the Somali pirates in 2010, you can read about the mission in an article on the Marine Corps Association’s website. My wife and I live in Auburn, Washington. I’m active in my local church and work in support of charity efforts in the community.
I started my first business at the age of 18, and what started as a side-job cutting grass for friends and neighbors evolved into a commercial landscaping company. Since then, I started my own hydroseeding and landscaping company which I ran for a number of years before founding my current venture: Eco-3, an erosion and stormwater management company. With over 30 years of experience in erosion control and stormwater management, I provide environmental training and help builders navigate environmental regulation. I was president and founding director of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the International Erosion Control Association.
I currently serve as the 31st District State Senator. I was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 and appointed to the Senate before being sworn into the House. I won re-election to a 4-year term that expires in 2021. I previously served as the 47th District State Representative from 1998 to 2000. I’m focused on a number of policy issues, serving on the Transportation Committee, Housing Committee, and Environmental Committee in the state Senate.