Illinois State Representative
I was born in 1958 in Aurora Illinois and had a wonderful childhood full of go-karts, motorcycles, hunting and fishing. I graduated from West Aurora High School. I spent most of my youth racing moto-cross until my body and my age were keeping me from being competitive.
In 1984 I felt the first real pain in my life when I lost my best friend and hunting partner. I lost my Dad to cancer in July. I hope he knew how much I loved him; I don’t think I knew until he was gone. Looking back this was the start of a dark and sad time in my life resulting in a number of different jobs and a divorce.
It wasn’t until 1989 that my life turned around when I met the love of my life, Jan. It didn’t take long for the love of a good woman to make me feel like my old self again. I was soon racing again, only this time in cars, not motorcycles. After about 3 years I was slowly realizing that the cost of racing cars was too great. My stepson Rob then showed an interest in archery after watching me shoot in my yard, getting ready for a 3-D shoot. So that winter I sold my entire racing program and we started shooting archery. For a number of years Rob, Jan and I traveled around the country shooting archery tournaments resulting in Rob and myself becoming Factory Staff Shooters for Martin Archery.
Throughout my entire life the outdoors has been a big part of my life, with hunting whitetails being my biggest obsession. After years of hunting and harvesting over 100 deer and turkeys I have found what is for me the best outdoor experience; and that is stand next to a special child as they walk up to their first down deer or turkey knowing that they may have never been able to experience this moment without our help. I am humbled and honored to be asked to be part of this very special charity. I pray for the wisdom it will take to give a special child a very special hunting experience.