I am a third generation Idahoan. I grew up in Richfield and Twin Falls and attended CSI for my associate degree and Utah State for my BS and MS degrees in Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering. I grew up on an irrigated farm/ranch in Richfield and operated it until 1985 when inflation, economics, frost, and high interest rates put an end to our farming life. We lived in Texas, Mississippi, Arizona, and Utah during our time away from Idaho. We have been back in Idaho for 10 years now and enjoy being home. My wife and I have four children and 11 grandchildren and enjoy their visits immensely.
I have worked in water resources engineering for most of my career. I started my career in irrigation and spent two years in West Africa working on an irrigation project on the edge of the Sahara Desert. We lived near Timbuktu (yes, it’s really a place). I served on two White House task forces evaluating flooding from the 1993 Mississippi and Missouri River Floods during a seven-year stint doing research for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. My interests are in natural resources, and I hold a PhD in water resources engineering from Texas A&M University and a law degree from BYU. I am a member of the Arizona Bar but don’t practice law.
We lived through two major forest fires since moving to the Pine – Featherville Area in 2011. We have experienced firsthand the impacts of environmental practices that have prevented the use of our trees for timber until the forests have become overgrown and destroyed in catastrophic fires.
My wife and I ran a motel for two years in Ketchum when we were newly married and a bed & breakfast for 6 ½ years in Pine, Idaho. As such we actively marketed our area for snowmobile groups and received the Idaho Snowmobile Assn. Business of the Year award in 2014. Thus, we understand the challenges of the recreation industry and the impacts of fees and taxes on their profitability. I also understand the farming/ranching business and the importance of managing our natural resources to keep them available for future generations. Unfortunately, in many areas the damage to our forests has been done and it will be decades before our forests are again available for harvesting.
My background is diverse and very well suited to represent the 8th District with its widely diverse areas and concerns. While I have multiple degrees and experiences, I am still just an Idaho farm boy at heart – down to earth and happy to associate with those in all he walks of life that are part of the 8th District.