As the son of an FBI Special Agent, my family moved frequently while I was growing up. I was born in Washington D.C. and finished elementary school, middle school, high school, and college in four different states. Sturgeon Bay has become the hometown I never had as a child.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University. Following graduation, I married Sherry Billet, who is also a veterinarian. In 1984, we moved to Sturgeon Bay and started our own veterinary practice. For over 30 years, I managed the business and worked as a farm animal veterinarian in Door and Kewaunee Counties. Sherry continues to operate Peninsula Veterinary Service in Sturgeon Bay. We are the proud parents of three adult children, Rebecca, Caroline, and Will.
I ran for the Sturgeon Bay School Board in 1999, a time of financial crisis for the district. We were able to return the district to sound financial footing and after two years I was elected president of the board, serving for 13 years until I resigned to run for the Assembly.