Let me start by letting you know a little about myself. I attended University of Minnesota Duluth and have a BA in Political Science and Criminology. While there I was a member of the University Student Senate and later became Chair of the University of Minnesota Student Senate. In addition, I spent 7 years in the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 helicopter pilot. I was activated for Desert Storm and was stationed at Fort Rucker, AL training flight students. For the last 20 years, I have worked as a union iron worker for local 512 here in St. Paul, where I hold the position of trustee.