Steve lives in Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served on the local school board, planning and zoning commission, city council and urban renewal board. Steve values Idaho’s outstanding public lands, variety of habitats and recreational opportunities, and growing diversity of job opportunities.
Steve was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where he grew up hiking and canoeing. His first memories of feeling truly successful are from his high school years, during week-long backpacks and ascents of several mountain peaks in the Oregon and Washington Cascades. In the early 1970s, Steve started getting involved with local government at city, regional and state levels. As a volunteer, he served on planning, budget, air quality, and public outreach committees for the regional government.
Steve retired from AT&T after a career as operations manager for long distance and leased services for Oregon. Steve and his wife Molly sailed their boat to the South Pacific. After a few years there they decided to sail back, and in 1999 moved to Sandpoint, where children and grandchildren are located.