Bio and priorities

I am proud to serve as your voice in the House of Representatives, and I see listening to you as a huge part of my job.

At more than a dozen coffee chats from Lake Stevens to Snohomish to Mill Creek, people have told me about the same hopes and fears, problems and opportunities. That we need to tackle homelessness, affordable housing, addiction and mental health. How we can improve our public schools and health care.

And about the high price of child care. Since my wife, Krystal, and I had our son early last year, I know what it’s like to juggle taking care of an infant and a demanding job.

Listening to so many of you talk about these issues strengthened my resolve to find common-sense, bipartisan solutions. We all want an easier commute in the morning and an economy that works for everyone. Everybody wins when we improve our public schools and lower taxes on middle-class families trying 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.

Before being elected as a lawmaker, I worked as a licensed investment banker after earning my degree in International Studies and Business from UW-Bothell.

That 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. Part of the solution is 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 as 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.