Brian was born and raised in Staunton, IL, graduating from Mt. Olive High School in 2001. He received my BA in Economics in 2005 from UIUC, where he was also a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Brian began working on Capitol Hill in 2006 as a Staff Assistant for then-Speaker Hastert (R-IL). The following year, he joined the office of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) as a legislative correspondent and shortly thereafter was promoted to Legislative Assistant. In the Summer of 2010, he took a job handling Rep. Biggert’s Education and Workforce Committee portfolio. In May 2012, Brian left Capitol Hill for a job at McGuireWoods Consulting, representing clients in health care and higher education. After returning to the hill to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) began in May 2015, Brian accepted his current position as Legislative Director for Rep. John Shimkus R-IL). Brian also serves as a member of the Illinois in Washington (IIW) internship program Advisory Board, and as President of DC Chapter of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.