I am from a small town in Western Pennsylvania. I have also lived in New Jersey, Utah, and Brazil. I’m a first-generation college student, having graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. I recently completed a PhD in Politics at Princeton University.

I currently reside in Durham, NC with my wife Mickie, a Colorado native, and our three sons and daughter. We keep busy by taking road trips to see family, riding bikes, and playing outside.