Shaun was raised outside of a small agricultural town in western Iowa. His parents owned a beef cattle and hog operation that they lost to bankruptcy during the 1980’s farm crisis, which led to his desire to stand up for hardworking rural people. Shaun graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 with a degree in elementary education. In his late 20’s, he shifted his career to transportation, leading Minneapolis’ efforts to become one of the most bicycle friendly in the country.
Shaun and his husband moved to Wisconsin in 2014, returning to Shaun’s rural roots. They live on an 80-acre grass farm near the village of Yuba, population 70. They have been foster parents and organic pig farmers, and are currently operators of the renovated Yuba State Bank Apartments. In 2018, Shaun was elected to the Richland County Board of Supervisors against an incumbent opponent. He was reelected in 2020, and serves on the Agriculture, Finance, and Land Conservation committees.
Shaun is proud of Wisconsin’s small farms, schools, and towns, and believes they can be reinvigorated with a hopeful vision. He will fight to level the playing field for everyday working people, farmers, and small business owners, and will collaborate with Democrats and Republicans to ensure state government is working for rural areas.