- I think you can tell a lot about an person by his or her spouse and children. I've been married to my wife, Emily, for over 19 years. She's the sweetest person in the world. She works at Stayton High School and is beloved by students and teachers alike. In fact, this year she won the annual Above and Beyond award. My son, Henry is a sophomore at Stayton High School. He's a lot like his mother, in that he too is well-liked by both students and teachers. He's a hard-worker and is a straight-A student in the honors program. In fact, Henry has been a straight-A student for as long as he's been in school. I couldn't be more proud of these two, and I'm lucky to be a part of their lives.
- I love Marion County and have lived here almost my entire life. I was born in Salem, went to grade school and middle school in Salem. I graduated from South Salem High School, Willamette University, and Willamette University College of Law. In the time that I've lived in this county, I've volunteered my time and donated money to numerous local charities and schools, including the Willamette Human Society, the Union Gospel Mission, Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, the Arc of Oregon, and Stayton High School.
- I know the value of hard work. I've been working steadily since the age of 12. I picked berries until I turned 15, when I got my workers permit and a promotion to Dairy Queen. I worked there until I was 16, when I got a job at the cannery and at a local restaurant as a dishwasher. In my senior year of high school, I worked at a local movie theater in South Salem. After I graduated high school, I went to work for a plywood mill in Mill City and worked at that job during college and law school to pay my tuition. I am still working hard, running a small business while working full time as a public servant.
- At a very early age, I learned to be self-reliant. I was born to a single mother who became involved with a violent man. Both my mother and I were subjected to physical and emotional abuse. I watched my mother spiral into depression, and I watched this man lead my mother down a path of heroin addiction, alcoholism, and ultimately death.
- Since graduating law school, I've devoted all but one year of my professional career to public service.
- As a prosecutor, a special prosecutor, a special assistant attorney general, and an enforcement attorney, I protected our most vulnerable citizens – abused and exploited children, victims of domestic violence, and the elderly.
- I've written Oregon law, both administrative and statutory, that impacts the entire state. I've testified before the legislature numerous times as an expert on state and federal law. I've served on and led numerous advisory committees for the State of Oregon. I've advised the offices of multiple governors and was appointed to serve on the Oregon State Inter-agency Coordinating Council by Governor Ted Kulongoski.
- Within the last few months, I have (1) led a project that successfully obtained more than $150 million dollars from the federal government over a five-year period that will benefit hundreds of thousands of Oregonians; and (2) took a leading role in complex contract negotiations with the CEO of a $500 million corporation for the benefit of over one hundred thousand Oregonians.