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I enjoy astronomy, photography, computers, science, politics, travel, and reading. I have traveled extensively throughout the world – especially to view total solar eclipses– and have been to all 50 states of the United States. I have worked at a large variety of jobs, from paperboy for the Long Island Press and cashier at McDonalds to a photojournalist in Washington, D.C., a trial lawyer, a fighter pilot, and owner of a software company.

I served 6 years in the United States Air Force flying fighter jets, including the T-38 Talon and the F-4 Phantom II. I was stationed in Iceland, West Germany, and Spain, as well as numerous bases throughout the U.S. (most of which have since been closed).

Before joining the Air Force, I practiced law in San Diego following my graduation from Duke University School of Law, where I was Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Prior to that I attended the University of Rochester, where I double-majored in political science and history. I was the photo editor of the daily Campus Times daily newspaper, and I won a national collegiate photojournalism competition sponsored by St. Bonventure University. I participated in the Washington Semester Program, in which I worked in the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Mike McCormack (D-WA).