Why I Serve

It is a great honor to serve as State Legislator for Bowdoin, Bowdoinham and Richmond.  My goal as your Representative is to be a strong voice for our shared values, and for the futures of our children and grandchildren.

Maine’s challenges are great — and so are our opportunities.  We can grow Maine´s economy, and so do without losing our quality of life.  We can invest in a diverse, local economy, make health care affordable for all, and manage our fiscal, human and natural resources responsibly.  Your support and input is helping me work to realize Maine’s potential.

I am a husband, a father of two young men, a public school teacher and staff developer, and more recently, a small businessperson. Teaching here, raising my sons here, and having grown up here in Bowdoinham taught me to take great pride in the people and resources of our region, and to have great hope for our future. In my teens and twenties, my interests in teaching and learning led me to travel and experience the world, spending time in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York City, Washington, D.C., and South America.  As much as I enjoyed these places, the experiences also deepened my appreciation for cutting firewood in snowy woods, making maple syrup, or floating down the Kennebec to Merrymeeting Bay. Maine is a gift I was given. I want my sons always to have that gift, and others too.

Public service is a way I give back. To be perfectly frank, there are times I’d rather be boating with my sons, gardening, or making a better living.  But for all the guff we give it, Maine’s Legislature is a proud institution with immense importance to us all.  If I have learned anything in my time there, it is that the Maine House truly is the People’s House.  As I like to tell the schoolchildren I often host – the place belongs to them. So long as we stay engaged, it belongs to all of us.