Husband. Father. Businessman. Former Minnesota State Legislator. Navy Top Gun fighter pilot. Future Minnesota Secretary of State!
These are only a few of the things that describe what Dan has done and where he is going. The best way for you to get to know the man behind the name is to come volunteer and join us for events!
Dan was born in Mora, Minnesota in 1954 as the youngest of four children of Leland and Eleanor. His father was a WWII veteran in the Army Air Corps; his mother welded on ships during WWII. After receiving a degree in Physics and a minor in Math and Computer Sciences, he received a commission in the U.S. Navy in 1979. During his time in the Navy, Dan received two Meritorious Service metals for leadership and a total of 9 military commendations in the span of 22 years of active service.
In 2000, Dan returned to civilian life and helped develop a patent using light emitting diodes that deals with free space communication. In 2003, Dan ran for State Representative representing legislative District 14A in the Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud area. After serving his local community at the legislature, he ran for the Secretary of State against the incumbent Democrat and narrowly lost by three points, yet received more votes than any of the three Gubernatorial candidates. Since then, Dan has been working in various communities around the state as Co-Founder and CEO of Minority Liberty Alliance, passionately demonstrating shared conservative causes and building new friendships and partnerships along the way.
He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, flying, golfing, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and gardening. Dan is married to Cathy Jo and has two children, Nicole and Joshua, both of whom are now married and starting families of their own. He is a newly minted grandpa as of this May.