In November 2010, I was honored to be elected the representative
for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. The decision to run,
campaign and ensuing win have been extraordinary experiences for a
regular roofing contractor, and I want to share my story. I hope
you find it interesting and informative, and, most of all, I hope
it encourages you to get involved and make a difference.
During winter 2008, the U.S. was entangled in a global economic
crisis. The November 2008 elections gave almost unprecedented power
to the Democratic Party's most left-leaning factions, and, of all
things, Al Franken was elected to the U.S. Senate. I was concerned,
and I voiced my concerns to my family.
My oldest son, Clint, challenged me. He said if I was so
concerned with our country's future, maybe I should stop
complaining and do something about it. So I did. After several
months of conversations with my family, especially my wife, DeaNa,
we agreed I should at least investigate the possibility of...
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