Steve and his wife Judy have lived in their Bloomington home for over 30 years. Their now grown daughters, Michelle and Danielle, were raised here and both attended Bloomington Public Schools. Steve and Judy have long been active volunteers in the region, working to make our community a better place to live for over three decades.
Steve has a degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a transportation economist in the airline industry for the first 15 years of his career. Steve and his family moved to Bloomington in 1985 when Steve was tapped to lead the Pricing Department at Republic Airlines. When he left the airline industry in the early 90s, he wanted to stay involved in transportation issues, so he began his public service career by volunteering to serve on Bloomington’s Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee in 1995.
In 2000 Steve was appointed to the City’s Planning Commission and in 2001 he was elected to the Bloomington City Council representing District 3 (northwestern Bloomington). He won three terms on the Bloomington City Council and served in that position until he was appointed to represent Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and Hopkins on the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011, the position he holds today. Steve represented the community at the state and national level as an active participant in organizations such as the League of Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities (the association of Twin Cities municipalities) and the National League of Cities.
About 25 years ago, Steve changed careers and mastered the discipline of IT Information Architecture. Over the past decade, his career has been focused on Health Information Technology, and for the past seven years he has worked as an Information Architect at OptumHealth in Eden Prairie. His most recent project has him immersed in the technology of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and has provided an opportunity for Steve to work directly with experienced Nurse Practitioners on a technology project which is enabling them to provide better care to chronically ill Medicare patients. These experiences have provided Steve with invaluable insights into the nature of the healthcare challenges which we face and will make him a valuable contributor to legislative efforts to reform our healthcare delivery system.
Steve is a lifelong nature lover. He is an avid gardener, birdwatcher, paddler, fisherman and cyclist. He has served on the boards of the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter(MRVAC) and the Minnesota League of Conservation Voters (now Conservation Minnesota) and remains an active member of both organizations. He is also an active member of the Minnesota Nature Conservancy and the Izaak Walton League (Bush Lake chapter).