Bio and priorities

As your voice in the House of Representatives, I’m advocating for common-sense, bipartisan solutions that will help all of our families back home.

That means an easier commute in the morning and an economy that works for everyone. It means better public schools for our kids and lower taxes on middle-class families trying so hard to give their family a better life.

The challenges in our schools and neighborhoods are personal to me. I was born and raised in the 44th District, growing up in Mill Creek and attending Jackson High.

My wife, Krystal, and I are expecting our first child any day now. She’s earning her teaching certificate while I’ve worked as a licensed investment banking after earning my degree in International Studies and Business from UW-Bothell.

Time in the private sector helped me understand the business cycle and what it takes to create an economy that works for all of us.

Anybody who works a full-time job and plays by the rules should be able to afford to buy a home in a safe neighborhood, save enough to send their kids to college and have the benefits you need to take care of a family. That includes health care, sick leave and retirement.

Giving our children a better life will take partnerships and creativity. It also requires a democracy where leaders are transparent, accountable and willing to work across party labels to get things done for the taxpayers we represent—to make it easier for all of our friends and neighbors working so hard for American Dream.

That dream is important, and it’s why I see public service is a calling. I served on the Mill Creek City Council after two terms on the Mill Creek Planning Commission, and I’ve also had the privilege of working in the state Senate.

Thank you again to taking the time to get informed and involved in your democracy. I want to hear from you—which is why your stories and ideas are so important to me. Please take a moment to get in touch by email, mail, telephone or the toll-free Hotline.