My family moved to Franklin County when I was in elementary school. After graduating from St. Michael’s College I spent some time in California working in casting and film production and writing and performing music.
I returned to Saint Albans in 2008 and started Cosmic Bakery on Main Street with my Mom and my brother, recreating my grandparents’ original bakery which they ran for decades in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Running a family business taught me a lot about hard work and the importance (and difficulty) of providing livable wages. I met my wife, Stephanie and bought a house where we are raising our daughter Molly. We adopted our big fluffy dog, Izzy in 2018. Saint Albans is our home, and we love it.
I served for several years as the Chair of the Saint Albans Downtown Board and I was elected to serve on the St. Albans City Council in 2017. I have helped build the partnerships between local and state government that have help get more of our roads paved, increased jobs at major area employers, and revitalized our downtown.
Since 2013 I've worked at SunCommon, the largest installer of residential and community solar in Vermont. Leading our community and commercial solar teams, I enjoy finding ways to get our larger solar projects sited and financed for businesses, factories, apartment buildings, schools and farms all over Vermont.
As a member of the House Transportation committee for my first two terms, I worked to reform Act 250, make our roads safer by banning handheld cell phone use, and support smarter winter road maintenance. We developed MileageSmart, a program to help low and middle-income Vermonters ditch expensive gas-guzzlers and get more efficient, cheaper hybrid or electric cars. We supported the creation of the Vermont Climate Council and have been moving to adopt lower carbon, more affordable public and electric transportation solutions from electric school buses to fare-free public transit.
For the last two years I served on the House Government Operations Committee. We made history, negotiating a plan to reform and preserve pensions that will provide sustainable, dignified retirements for teachers and state employees. We passed universal vote-by-mail for general elections, and helped make it safe for Vermonters to vote during the height of the pandemic. We advanced criminal justice reforms that will reduce discrimination, increase transparency and hold law enforcement officers accountable for inappropriate uses of force.
In 2020 I was elected to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader – Whip. For the last two years I served with the Speaker and leaders from all parties to guide the legislature through a year of remote, online legislating and then back to safe in-person work at the Statehouse. On the House and Joint Rules committees we made tough choices about the COVID-19 response, while also making our democracy more accessible by permanently adopting livestream and remote participation policies for committees and in the chambers of the House and Senate.
I care deeply about Saint Albans and Vermont. We still have a lot of work to do to make sure that Vermont is a place where everyone can thrive.
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