In 2018, I was an independent candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland, polling as high as 18 percent in the three-way race. Unaffiliated with any political party, I ran to unite the country and to bring pragmatism back to Washington.
Running as an independent, I witnessed the destructive nature of modern American politics. I experienced firsthand the perverse incentives that push candidates and lawmakers to ideological extremes. I saw the resistance of party leaders to pragmatic solutions to our nation's problems. And I watched politicians, responding rationally to current electoral incentives, prioritize loyalty to their party bases over progress for the American people.
That's why I wrote Contract to Unite America, providing specific, practical solutions for an improved government and a better tomorrow.
Before seeking office and embarking on the book, I was CEO of Bronfman Rothschild and previously of Highline Wealth Management. In my community, I've served as board chair for both the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the Montgomery County Community Foundation. In 2016, my family were recognized by Interfaith Works, a leading non-profit that helps low income families, as Humanitarians of the Year.
I also serve on the boards of BPC Action (Bipartisan Policy Center), Stand Up Republic, and Unite America.
I hold a bachelor of arts from Brown University and a master’s in business from the University of Chicago. My family and I live in Potomac, Maryland. My wife Jennifer and I love the outdoors and a variety of sports–especially those our three children are playing.