I grew up on a small farm in NE Washington and graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Forest Management, an MA in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology. Since that time I have lived and worked in Idaho. I have camped, hunted and fished in Idaho, and raised a family of three children and numerous foster children here. All of my children and their families live in Idaho as well. This is a state we all love and appreciate. I want to help ensure that Idaho remains an outdoor haven, while increasing and growing our economic opportunities.
Most of my 40+ years in Idaho were spent as a Rural Sociologist in the Department of Ag Economics and Rural Sociology at the University of Idaho. During those 29 years at the University, much of my time was spent studying the attitudes and values of the people of Idaho. These years of study gave me a strong affinity with the people of District 5.
My involvement on the Latah County Farm Bureau board (as President for 4 years), my training and work experience in Forest Management, and my involvement in the Latah Wildlife Association have given me an understanding of the natural resources of the District.
Since my retirement in 1999, I have also been a small business owner. My years as a self-employed construction worker and employer provided me with practical understanding of the issues facing those who make their living in this sector. I believe it is vital that Idaho small businesses are supported if we are to grow a stronger economy for our state.
Finally, as chairman of the board of Palouse Care Network, Inc., I understand and support Idaho's non-profit community. Palouse Care Network (PCN) is a multi-year member of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Through PCN's efforts locals receive the life-affirming support they need when facing unplanned pregnancy, parenting, and youth sexual and relationship health issues.
This website will utilize my broad experience to research and present material that will assist policy makers in improving the prosperity of the people of District 5.