Brian was born and raised in Staunton, IL, graduating from Mt. Olive High School in 2001. He received his BA in Economics in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was also a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Brian began working on Capitol Hill in 2006 as a Staff Assistant for then-Speaker Hastert (R-IL). The following year, he joined the office of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) as a legislative correspondent and shortly thereafter was promoted to Legislative Assistant. In the Summer of 2010, he took a job handling Rep. Biggert’s Education and Workforce Committee portfolio. In May 2012, Brian left Capitol Hill for a job at McGuireWoods Consulting, representing clients in health care and higher education. After returning to the hill to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) began in May 2015, Brian accepted his current position as Legislative Director for Rep. John Shimkus R-IL). Brian also serves as a member of the Illinois in Washington (IIW) internship program Advisory Board, and as President of DC Chapter of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.