After traveling across the United States and then around the world as a young man on a bicycle (good story), I returned to my hometown of Puyallup where my wife Barbara and I purchased the same house I grew up in and chose to raise our family in it. Puyallup is known for the State Fair and being one of the most competitive electoral districts in the state. It has been incredibly humbling to have been elected from my community five times since 1996. While we did not always agree on the tough votes I took, I did my best to act in the better interest of the state. I remain grateful for the opportunity to have served.