It is an honor and pleasure to join the Libertas Institute this year as a policy analyst. Having recently moved from the state of Texas, I can tell you that we have allies in our shared cause of liberty there and I hope to channel some of that Texas-sized passion in my work for Libertas.
A little about me: BA, Political Science, BYU; JD, University of Houston Law; Marine Corps combat veteran; former aide to US Congressman Pete Olson (TX22). When last in Utah, I worked on a variety of campaigns and held leadership roles in the College Republicans. I served an LDS mission in Boston MA where I was honored to tread the same turf as our patriot forebears in New England. Now I am happy to be back in a state where I can snow ski and water ski on the same day! I am married with three children and reside in American Fork.
While I already know some of you, I look forward to seeing you again and meeting many others during the legislative session this year. It truly is exciting for me to return to Utah politics and work on the policy issues I care deeply about. If you have not already read your copy of Frederic Bastiat’s The Law (reprinted by Libertas Institute) I would encourage you to do so. Personally, I think it is one of the best works in political philosophy. I first read The Law while in Iraq on deployment and was disappointed I hadn’t come across it earlier. For me, liberty is more than a nice idea or a means to achieve prosperity—it is the divine destiny of humanity and the means by which we become better people.
Best of luck for the upcoming session; my prayers will be with you as you serve me and my family and our fellow Utahns.