While a student in college, I was inspired by the candidacy of Barack Obama and took a semester off of college to return to Northwest Colorado as a community organizer for his campaign. In this work, I saw the value in working to improve your community. I knew I wanted to dedicate my career to public service and doing my part to make people's lives better.
Several years later I earned my law degree from the University of Colorado. Wanting to continue my work on behalf of our mountain communities, I became a Deputy District Attorney for Eagle County where I pursue justice for victims of crime and help implement modern criminal justice reform.
My fiancé Sarah and I live in Avon with our rescue dog, Hattie. I am a proud Big Brother mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and serve as a member of the board of Water Education Colorado as well as volunteer with several local community organizations.
On November 6, 2018, the voters of Eagle and Routt Counties elected me by a margin of 60%-36% to be their State Representative. During the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions I was proud to serve as the Chair of the House Rural Affairs & Agriculture Committee, and in 2021, I began service as the Chair of the House Business Affairs & Labor Committee as well as a member of the Agriculture & Water Committee and the Judiciary Committee.
During my time in the legislature, I have been the prime sponsor of 70 bills that have passed and become law. 97% of those bills received bipartisan support.
I have written and passed legislation that have lowered health care costs, capped the costs of prescription drugs, protected our water, promoted small businesses in rural Colorado, and made life easier for hardworking families in our mountain communities.
Since the pandemic hit Colorado in 2020, I've worked with Republicans and Democrats to support small businesses across Colorado, expand affordable health care, and help our economy recover.