Born in Duluth, I was raised in Minneapolis’ western suburbs. My wife, Jeanne, and I have been proud members of Edina's Parkwood Knolls community for nearly 20 years, where our three children attend Edina Public Schools. Our schools are our community’s bedrock, and I’ve worked hard to strengthen them by serving on the boards of the Edina Education Fund and Edina Give and Go – and as your representative in the Minnesota State Legislature.
Entrepreneur and Small Businessman
I bring a background as an entrepreneur and small businessman, having started my first company in Edina at age 21. After growing and selling it, I bought the Fine Line Music Café in downtown Minneapolis. I’m proud of how years of hard work transformed the Fine Line into a thriving business and cultural institution. As the Star Tribune noted when I sold the business in 2013, I was "one of Minneapolis’ longest-operating club owners[.]... Under his watch, the Fine Line hosted everyone from George Clinton to President Bill Clinton, including Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, the Pixies[.] I continue to be involved in commercial real estate ventures.
Business and Community Leader
For me, being an active community leader is not just a campaign talking point; it’s been a way of life for decades. My leadership in Minneapolis' Warehouse District Business Association and Minneapolis Downtown Council encouraged government to improve public safety, lower taxes and enable business growth opportunities to support a thriving downtown.
Knowing how critical mental health support and services are to ensuring all members of our community can thrive, I’ve worked for 25 years on these issues, including serving on the board of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and as a long-time board member of the Minnesota Mental Health Association. I’m proud to continue championing these causes as your representative.
I draw on my decades of community and business leadership to effectively represent your interests in the Minnesota State legislature.