It has been my privilege to serve our community. I remain 100% committed to the well-being of Waukesha, Genesee, and Mukwonago. Listening and communicating will continue to be my priorities as I represent the 97th district.
1995 – Douglass Avenue, Waukesha
Angila and I bought our first home. It was a 2 bedroom home with a detached garage. We bought it by making a secondary offer. This home served as campaign headquarters when I ran for the State Senate in 1996.
1997 – Cavalier Drive, Waukesha
We just wanted an extra half bath and a 2-car attached garage. This one needed a lot of work. It was from this home that I was elected to represent the 9th District on the Waukesha City Council from 1998 to 2001.
2002 – Shallow Waters Drive, Town of Mukwonago
I was building homes at this point, so we thought it was fitting that we should build our own home for our young family. My oldest daughter attended Section Elementary.
2007 – Dale Drive, Town of Waukesha
We wanted to be closer to the city, so we moved back. Our daughters have attended Rose Glen Elementary, Central Middle School (now called Les Paul Middle School), and Waukesha West High School.
My Republican Story
The first time I voted – I voted to re-elect the great Ronald Reagan, and I have been volunteering for Republican campaigns ever since. I remember during graduate school sitting in my apartment near the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles with call lists, fighting a desperate uphill battle to try to turn out some modicum of a Republican vote in a very liberal part of the state.
I continued to serve the Republican Party in the mid-90’s after my wife, Angila, and I relocated back to Wisconsin. I volunteered for phone banks and membership drives for the Waukesha County Republican Party and served as chairman of the award-winning South Central Branch Club.
In 1996,when our Party needed to unseat a 28-year incumbent Democrat, now Federal judge, then State Senator, Lynn Adelman, because he no longer represented the values of a district that included southern Waukesha County, I stepped up to the plate and offered myself in service. I lost that election and the next year Adelman was appointed to the Federal bench.
Two years later I ran a successful campaign and got elected to the City Council in Waukesha. That was in 1998, the year my first daughter was born. I did my best to bring common sense conservatism to City Hall during my term.
My first term was set to expire in 2001, the year of my second daughter’s birth. At that time, with very mixed feelings, I chose to step out of politics to concentrate on being a loving husband and a great father.
In 2014 with both of my daughters as busy teenagers, I made the decision to reenter the political arena and to help advance the conservative cause in Wisconsin. In the 2014 campaign, I promised to “keep our foot on the gas pedal of reform.” I’m pleased that the voters selected me to be their representative and in my first legislative session I’ve helped to advance reforms in civil service, prevailing wage, and labor law to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state.
There is still much work to be done and I am eager to continue to bring common sense, conservative ideas to the table.