I grew up showing sheep, cattle, and hogs at the Allegany County Fair and Ag Expo. I went to Potomac State College, graduating with degrees in animal science, general agriculture, and political science. I graduated from West Virginia University in 2008 with a degree in animal and nutritional sciences. I went on to West Virginia University College of Law, where I graduated Order of the Barrister in 2011. I started my own law practice in 2013, after two years with another firm, and have been able to tailor my practice to my own areas of knowledge and enjoyment.