Born in La Grande, OR I grew up in Wallowa until a Junior in HS when we moved to Springfield in 1963. Graduated from Thurston HS, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon. Served in the US Army Security Agency from Jan 1968 to Oct 1971.
Tresa and I have been married for 46 years. Raised our two Daughters, Maria and Marcia, here in Springfield and are now fortunate to have them and their families (6 grandchildren) also living in Springfield.
My lifetime of work has been in the private sector except for a brief period when I served as a Regional Business Development Officer for Oregon. I have worked in manufacturing, retail, economic development, software contact center management, land use consulting, public relations and communications and others.
Previously served on the Springfield City Council and as Mayor. Have served as State Representative for HD 12 since January 2013. Currently serve as Chair of the House Economic Development Committee, serve on the Natural Resource Committee, the Behavioral Health Committee, Oregon Growth Board, the Road User Fee Task Force, the DMV modernization oversight committee and on the Interoperability Executive Committee. Previously I have served on the Joint Transportation Committee, Joint Student Success Committee, Joint Carbon Reduction Committee, Health Care, Veterans and Emergency Preparedness and many others during my time in the Legislature.