Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs
I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, graduating with honors in political science while working for the Daily Iowan and a local magazine. I worked on my first political campaigns in 2006 and 2008, running campaign operations for House candidates in eastern Iowa. After that, I attended law school at Valparaiso University and served as an editor of the school’s law review and graduated with honors in 2011.
After a stint as a litigator in Indiana I returned to Iowa in 2012 to work as a regional director for the Iowa House Republican caucus, overseeing more than 20 House campaigns that election cycle. I then joined Advocacy Strategies for the 2013 legislative session before returning to the House Republicans as a member of their caucus staff at the Capitol.
While on staff, I served the Commerce Committee, Economic Growth Committee and the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee. I gained valuable experience working on subjects including insurance, workforce development, healthcare, telecommunications, financial regulation and economic development programs. Some important legislative initiatives during my time at the Capitol included Governor Branstad’s Connect Every Acre bill expanding broadband access and a number of bills that reformed and expanded Iowa’s economic development programs. My work on the budget subcommittee also provided valuable insights into the appropriations process.
I’m a licensed attorney and a member of the Iowa Bar Association. When I’m not working I’m usually reading, listening to podcasts, watching football or basketball and trying to exercise more often. I’m also trying to find more hobbies. I live in Des Moines with my wife and our dog.