, Wisconsin , United States
|| 00, 1972
Nov 05, 2008 01:55pm
|Info||I grew up in Jackson County; got my first job at Hardees in Black River Falls at age 14, then worked at the Big Chief truck stop in BRF fueling semi's while in high school. Graduated from BRF High School in 1989; worked for the DNR and the US Forest Service the summer after graduating high school as a forest fire fighter in Idaho. |
Worked to put myself through college (UW-Stevens Point) and law school (Hamline). Obtained my Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and drove roll-off truck and dump truck for BFI and McNulty Trucking while in school.
Clerked at the Ramsey County Courthouse in downtown St. Paul, MN for various Judges while in my final semester of law school and up until passing the bar exam, at which time I began my legal career by working 2 years for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in Winona representing extremely low income persons and families with dire legal needs.
Opened a private practice in BRF in 1999 and have remained in private practice ever since. While in private practice, I have continued my public service background by providing pro bono legal services to several local non-profit organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson County, the local domestic abuse shelter and the local Veterans Park.
As a small business owner I understand how hard small business owners have to work to be successful. Tough decisions have to be made on a day to day basis. Working your budget may mean deciding between health insurance coverage or retirement coverage or increases in wages for your employees. No small business owner wants to work hard to be successful only to have our government tax you into submission. Our leadership in Madison needs to be made up of people who know how to start up and run a business.