Ken was born and raised in Baraga County. It was here that he developed a love for the picturesque Upper Peninsula and all of the activities that the great outdoors has to offer. After graduating from L’Anse High School, he went on to earn a bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Northern Michigan University. Like many of the youth in our area, Ken had to move elsewhere to find opportunity. He found success working in the fast-paced world of the Chicago Board of Trade, as an options trader.
After a decade in Chicago, he was called back to L’Anse High School to give a commencement speech. It was then that he realized he did not want to be remembered for his financial successes, but for being a good father and serving his community. Within six months he moved back to the Upper Peninsula with his wife Bridget and their son Garrett. He served on the L’Anse Area School Board, the L’Anse Village Council, and as President of the Baraga County Community Foundation. He has also served as a substitute teacher for a year and a half in the L’Anse Area School to gain perspective on how the education system in Michigan works through the eyes of an educator, before being elected to the School Board.
Ken knows that there is much more work to be done here in Michigan, and he feels the call to serve his community in the Western U.P. He is committed to moving Michigan forward. Through high quality health care and education. Investing in infrastructure, from bridges to broadband. While being a champion for equality.