I was born in Green Bay and grew up in the country nearby. In 2002, I graduated from Pulaski High School, where I started playing rugby, which has become my lifelong passion.
As a senior in high school, I enlisted as an infantryman in the Delayed Entry Program of the US Marine Corps in December of 2001 and left for boot camp in San Diego in May of 2002. I enlisted in the reserve so that I could go to college while serving. I deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005, serving primarily in the town of Yusufiyah in North Babil Province, about 20 miles southwest of Baghdad, in what was known as the Triangle of Death. Some of my key experiences there included fallout from the battle in Fallujah in November of 2004, as well as the amazing experience of overseeing Iraq’s first free elections in January 2005. In March of 2006, I went to Niger as part of Operation Shared Accord.
In 2007, I graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Law Studies. While at Marquette, I studied German, and went to UW-Milwaukee for Arabic courses to continue the Arabic I’d learned in Iraq. After graduating from Marquette, I decided to go to Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA for graduate school to get a degree in intelligence. The coursework was completed in May of 2009, and I received a Master of Science degree in Applied Intelligence upon completion of my master’s thesis.
Wanting to improve my German, I accepted an internship with a German company, Dräger, in Lübeck, Germany. I spent September of 2009 until April of 2010 in Germany, completing the internship. After my internship, I worked for Dräger at our office in Pittsburgh, PA until May 2012, when I returned to Germany for a new position. I stayed in Germany until February of 2016. While there, I served nearly 3 years as team captain of the TuS Lübeck Rugby team and met my wife, Ria.
Since moving back to the United States, I continue to work for Dräger, dealing primarily with our military diving equipment for special forces. My wife and I bought a house in the Village of Slinger. I volunteer as an assistant coach for the Divine Savior Holy Angels High School rugby team and I also referee rugby locally in my spare time.
The growing political division in our country has long upset me, and while recently reading the Federalist Papers, the papers dealing with Congress inspired me to do something. Instead of complaining and hoping people will unite, I decided to run for Congress and lead by example on the floor of Capitol Hill.