My roots in Utah run deep.

I'm a 5th generation Utahn of pioneer ancestry, including Rodney Badger who was the first law enforcement officer in Utah to give his life in the line of duty. His statue stands outside the Utah State Capitol building.

I went to public school here K-12 (graduating from Timpview High School in 2005), where I learned to love my country. My character and values were forged in Boy Scout outings to the West Desert and high school football games at Rice Eccles stadium. Utah made me into the man I am today.