Hi, I’m Ben
I grew up in Mukwonago in Waukesha County, but my family has been scattered across Wisconsin for generations. After a childhood spent playing sports and cheering on Wisconsin’s teams I spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with degrees in journalism and political science.
I worked in the insurance industry immediately after college before getting involved in the conservative movement. Over the years, I’ve experienced a lot — working in the state capitol during the Act 10 riots and learning from Wisconsin leaders like Tommy Thompson, Scott Walker and Ron Johnson. From 2016 through May 2021 I worked side by side with Sen. Johnson as he shocked the political establishment by winning re-election and fought for lower taxes, smaller government and more freedom.
In September 2019, a curveball came my way. I was diagnosed with total kidney failure and received my first dialysis treatment in the hospital on my 33rd birthday. Thanks to the generosity and love of so many of my family and friends, I received a kidney transplant in June 2020. I’ll forever be grateful for a second chance at life.
That experience was a wake-up call — an opportunity to take stock of what is important in my life and how I want to make a difference in the lives of others. I’m healthy, energetic and ready to help lead the charge to get Wisconsin back on the right track.
My biggest supporter while I went through my health issues was my girlfriend Erin. She’s now my fiance, and we live in Brookfield with our dog, Bodie.