My wife, Lynn, and I have lived in Colorado Springs for over 40 years. This is where we raised our three children, Amanda, Rob and Brian. I have been a lawyer, a small business owner and an executive at a NYSE listed corporation, as well as a volunteer board member at numerous community non-profits. I bring a diverse background and varied experience to my position as a State Senator.
While working in personnel at the Holly Sugar Corporation, a Fortune-500 company, I was admitted to the Colorado bar. I went on to practice law for twenty-five years, first with a firm and later as a solo practitioner. I focused on representing individuals and small business owners in commercial and real estate transactions, employment, equal employment opportunity, franchising and litigation matters. I also practiced law in the criminal justice system. At various times during my career, I have worked as a real-estate agent, a college instructor, a restaurant owner and a ski instructor.
Over the years, I have developed a passionate commitment to preserving Colorado’s natural beauty and have pursued wilderness activities including hiking, biking, trail running, white water rafting, angling and, most especially, mogul skiing.
Lynn and I first met on a Colorado Mountain Club hike on Mount Sneffels in 1987. She was a special education teacher for 14 years in Widefield, taught classes for gifted children during the summers and regularly worked in our children’s schools. We both coached soccer with Park and Rec.
Lynn’s passion for restorative justice has led her to the Chair position of the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council where she received the John Gallagher Restorative Justice Volunteer of the Year Award because of her work as a trained facilitator of victim offender conferences, for the Manitou Springs Restorative Justice Council and the Youth Transformation Center. Lynn is also a silk painting artist affiliated with Commonwheel Artists in Manitou Springs and has begun botanical illustrations. She recently won an award for her painting of a columbine.