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Art grew up in Auburn, attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and graduated from Placer High School as a valedictorian. Art earned accolades on the student council and in a variety of leadership positions, where he was first introduced to the value of public service. He earned the Eagle Scout rank, a culmination of twelve years that included leadership of Auburn’s Troop 19, and summers in Soda Springs and Truckee as a shooting sports and wilderness skills instructor.
Art says he is running for Congress because district 4 Californians, including his parents in Lincoln, deserve a leader who is one of their own and will represent their concerns in Washington. With a focus on responsible fiscal management, a strong national defense, and protection of individual liberties, Art seeks to work past gridlock, create jobs and keep our promises to America’s veterans and seniors.
After high school he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a field of study in Environmental Engineering. Commissioned as an infantry officer, Art has a combined fourteen years of Active Duty and National Guard service, including thirty months deployed overseas. Art is currently a Major in the Army National Guard.
Following 9/11, Art deployed to the Haifa Street section of Baghdad, where he was second in command of a 200-Soldier infantry company, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Two years later he deployed as chief of logistics of an 800-Soldier light infantry battalion in support of the Iraq War Surge. Most recently, Art deployed as chief of operations of a 430-Soldier light infantry battalion performing multinational peacekeeping operations in the Sinai, Egypt.
In-between full-time military service, Art is a recognized and accomplished strategy and operations professional and process improvement expert. Art has worked as a business executive in the building products industry and as a management consultant serving federal government clients in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Through these experiences, Art has seen first-hand the challenges facing business owners in an era of bloated government and inefficient bureaucracy.