While serving as a State Representative in South Jefferson County, I was labeled the “Combatant Conservative” by The Denver Post – a badge I wear with honor because I am always willing to fight for the values we hold dear here in Colorado.
I’ve set the record for voting “no” in the legislature. Someone has to be the adult in the room, and we can’t just arbitrarily spend taxpayers’ money on every pet project. We need to apply the same fiscal responsibility and make the same tough decisions that Colorado families must make. My record speaks for itself; I always put the taxpayers before the special interests.
When my family came to Colorado, we found better choices and more opportunity.
Jefferson County has been my home since 1978, when my parents moved to Colorado from New York. They were having a hard time finding a school that could meet my needs, but they refused to give up. They found ways to cut costs – turning off the TV at night and keeping one light on by the kitchen table so I could do my homework. Thanks to my parents’ sacrifices and the opportunities we found in Colorado, I was the poor kid in private school, but I made it through, becoming the first person in my family to graduate from college. I went on to earn an M.B.A. from CU Denver and a J.D. from the Sturm College of Law at DU. I understand the struggles all families encounter and believe heavily in self-reliance and opportunity.
As a small business owner, I understand how heavy-handed government can be.
Prior to serving as a State Representative, I ran a small business in South Jeffco that specialized in business start-up and growth management. When the economy struggled in the mid-2000’s, I transitioned the business to alternative dispute resolution, providing an efficient and cost-effective way for businesses to better manage internal and external disagreements. As a small business owner, you have to understand that sometimes it’s necessary to change and respond to market forces. Yet I understand how needlessly difficult it is to build and maintain a business in our current economic climate.
I will always champion your liberties and the principles of limited government.
In 2016, I represented Colorado as a delegate to the Republican National Convention and served on the Platform Committee where, together, we created the most constitutionally conservative platform for our party in decades. In 2013, I was the winner of the Goldwater Award from the Republican Liberty Caucus for being the legislator who “most consistently acts in defense of liberty and limited government in the state house.”
I am one of the top scorers in the Colorado Union of Taxpayers (CUT) ratings, twice receiving the House Champion Award. Principles of Liberty (POL) Scorecard ranked me #1 for three years in a row, and the American Conservative Union has given me a 100% rating.
Again, my record speaks for itself: I will continue to be a fiscally conservative steward of your taxpayer dollars and Colorado’s finances.