Jenifer and I have been married for 12 years. We are parents to three beautiful children and live in American Fork, Utah. I grew up in potato country, in Blackfoot, Idaho, just 90 minutes from the Utah border.
I was adopted by wonderful parents and am truly grateful for the life I have been given. I know that the people, experiences and opportunities that have defined my life are by-design, and I try to live my life in a way that celebrates and honors my belief that a proactive approach, charity, service and collaboration can create a future otherwise impossible.
In our house, with three young children, we love all things Disney. In my spare time, I enjoy reading about history, running and spending time outdoors with my wife. I also find great satisfaction in volunteering as a truancy court judge for the Provo School District.
I developed a love for the Constitution and good government while in Washington, D.C., attending school at George Washington University and interning for Representative Mike Crapo, now Senator Crapo. I transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in psychology. I then earned a law degree from the University of Idaho School of Law, which included a year as a visiting law student at BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School.
In 2006, I passed the bar exams in both Utah and Idaho and opened my own practice, primarily working family law cases and serving as in-house counsel for ClearPlay, a service that makes movies family friendly by filtering language and scenes, as the movies play, based on the family's own personal settings.
In 2007, I worked civil and criminal cases as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Bingham County, Idaho, before moving back to Utah and joining the law office of Driggs Bills & Day, where for almost 10 years, I’ve been helping injured clients stand up to insurance companies.
What I BELIEVE
The government that governs least is the government that governs best. A heavy-handed government holds its people down. Government should protect and serve, not over-regulate and over-tax. I support a limited government that exercises only powers necessary to ensure our Constitutional and God-given rights.
Low taxes are necessary to grow the economy and compete in global economy. It’s simple math. A dollar highly taxed (income tax, property tax, sales tax, gas tax, etc) can only change hands a couple of times before it’s gone. This leaves no room for a middle class, and limits industry, commerce and the purchasing power of American families. High taxes also change the balance of power between the people and the government, giving the government too much power and, ultimately, making citizens dependent on a national government as more and more services are pulled under the government umbrella.
I’m pro-life. I’m grateful my birth mother had the courage and support to put me up for adoption. Our right to life is given by God, and no person or government should be able to take that away from another person, born or unborn.
A balanced budget is our generation's moral obligation to the next generation. No reasonable person would be able to defend leaving our young adults, children and even unborn children with debt related to our own personal spending and fiscal mismanagement. Likewise, it is unacceptable for our government to leave debt to the youth of our nation. If we can’t balance our budget now, it is inconceivable that our children could balance a budget AND pay back our debt later. We must have a balanced budget and work to eliminate our national debt. Anything less is immoral.
The Second Amendment isn’t just for hunters. The right to bear arms is a personal right so that individuals can protect themselves and their families.
Politicians should show restraint when it comes to perpetual candidacy. Just because they can win another election, doesn’t mean they should seek another term.
A strong national defense is the best deterrent to war and terrorism. A good motto to live by is that we can either prepare for war, or we can go to war. Members of our military should be honored and compensated at rates that would attract our brightest minds to contribute to the defense of our country.