I grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, with two older sisters. I attended Sussex Hamilton High School, graduating in 2001. My mother worked as an elementary school teacher in Wauwatosa. My father was an attorney, primarily focusing on Estate Planning, in Brookfield. I can recall as a young child going to work with my Dad for “take your son to work day.” After that experience I swore I would never be a lawyer because it was too boring. Well, the apple does not fall far from the tree! I grew up in a very supportive family. My parents believed in accountability. This has become a foundation for my professional life. My Dad always encouraged me to put everything I had into each task. Striving to be the best was a principal that my family stood by. My mother and father also taught patriotism to us. Both of my grandparents served in World War II. I had the privilege of taking my grandparents to Washington DC aboard an Honor Flight. What a truly humbling experience. I believe in service to our great nation – whether it is at home or overseas.
I attended college at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. While at UW Oshkosh, I meet my wife, Jenny, who was studying to become a nurse. Jenny’s parents, Joe and Ann (Peebles) Wettstein, are retired as Operator Engineers for Northeast Asphalt. After we both graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2005, Jenny was hired as a RN at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac in the Women’s and Infants Unit. In 2007, she was hired as a RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Childrens Hospital of Milwaukee. We moved to Sheboygan in 2009 when I was hired at the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office. The next year, 2010, we were married. I am grateful that I was able to marry my best friend. Our first son, Mason, was born in 2012. Mason was born 8 weeks premature, and remained at the NICU in Childrens Hospital for over three months. Mason was nicknamed by the nurses in the NICU “Mighty Mason.” Since our extended stay in the NICU, Jenny and I have become regular advocates and fundraisers for the March of Dimes. March of Dimes supports research to prevent premature births and provides resources for families who have a premature children. We enjoy raising money for a cause that is so close to our hearts. Mason has also played baseball with the Miracle League of the Fox Valley. The Miracle League is a nationwide program that gives children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. I have volunteered as a buddy and a coach for the Miracle League for several years. It is so rewarding to work with children with special needs and put a smile on their faces. Our daughter, Stella, was born in 2015. Stella is a very intelligent girl who’s energy does not stop. Recently she has begun to develop a love for turkey hunting with her dad. I also volunteer to coach Stella’s baseball team.
After I was elected Calumet County District Attorney in 2016, we moved from Sheboygan County to Calumet County. We reside in the Village of Harrison. Jenny transferred her employment to Childrens Hospital of the Fox Valley to continue working in the NICU. In 2018, our third child, Mack was born. Mack, like his sister, is full of energy, wonder and excitement. Jenny and I are truly are blessed through our children. Our children are the center of our world. As parents, Jenny and I take pride in spending time with our children, reading books with them, and giving them opportunities to play, grow and learn.
At a young age my father taught me to enjoy the great outdoors. Just like many Wisconsinites, I enjoy hunting, fishing and camping. I am an avid deer hunter, turkey hunter, walleye fisherman, and sturgeon spearer. My family and I also enjoy camping in our RV with friends and family. Of course, I am also an avid Wisconsin sports fan. I am a die-hard Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. I also enjoy college football, college basketball and the Milwaukee Bucks.