Brian is the son of a steelworker father and a factory worker mother who taught him the values of hard work and determination, and he became the first member of his family to graduate from college. He was born and raised in a small farm town where children were taught to honor our history, fight for what is right, and respect those with whom they disagree.
Brian attended Hillsdale College where he studied history and psychology along with topics such as political economy and the Constitution. After graduating, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned his doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in the treatment of abused and neglected children. Later, after having established himself as a prolific researcher and a skilled clinician, the Penn State Children's Hospital asked him to establish a state-of-the-art treatment program for maltreated children. Brian jumped at the chance and the program he built from scratch is now an internationally recognized leader in the fight against child abuse. He continues in this work today as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Penn State College of Medicine.
Through his professional experiences, Brian has worked closely with children, adults, and families impacted by abuse and neglect, the opioid epidemic, mental illness, domestic and community violence, medical crises, and poverty. He has consulted with various law enforcement agencies and district attorneys, a multitude of schools and school districts, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Along the way he has worked effectively with people across the political spectrum and has garnered the respect of people from all walks of life.
Brian has been married for 12 years to his wonderful wife Kristen, who worked at the Port Hueneme Naval Base with the families of deployed servicemembers and as a school psychologist with a number of local school districts, including Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Cumberland Valley. Together, they are raising two strong and independent daughters who attend school in the CV district. On any given day you might find Brian attending or coaching his daughters' soccer practices and games, watching football and cheering on the Nittany Lions, or walking his two beloved rescue dogs. When he is not spending time with his family, Brian enjoys playing the guitar, reading books on American history (ask him about his personal favorites), and scuba diving. Brian and his family attend Camp Hill United Methodist Church.
*Comments on this page should not be viewed as endorsements by Penn State University, Penn State Health, or the U.S. Department of Defense.
Recent NewsThursday, March 4, 2021 7:19 AM
Politics PA Publishes Report on Our Campaign
Politics PA, the leading statewide political blog in Pennsylvania, recently published a story on our campaign and compared Brian's views with those of our presumed opponent, Scott Perry. You can read the article here.
Friday, February 26, 2021 7:48 AM
Why Run for Congress?
Brian discusses his motivations for running for Congress in a new video (7 minutes, 54 seconds) posted to the campaign's YouTube channel. Watch now by clicking here.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 2:42 PM
What Does It Mean To Be A Republican?
In his latest video message, Brian answers the question, "What does it mean to be a Republican?" He connects his perspective to the recent events related to Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney. Watch now on the campaign's YouTube channel by clicking here.
Sunday, February 7, 2021 2:38 PM
Campaign Kick-Off Virtual Town Hall Available on YouTube
The Campaign Kick-Off Virtual Town Hall on January 31st was recorded and is now uploaded on the campaign's YouTube channel. Click here to watch.
Monday, February 1, 2021 6:20 PM
Next Virtual Town Hall Scheduled: LGBTQ+ Concerns
Brian will start a series of Virtual Town Halls focused specifically on issues historically ignored or rarely discussed by Republicans. First up: LGBTQ+ concerns on Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. We hope you can join us on Facebook LIVE and submit your questions. Like or follow the campaign's Facebook page here to stay up-to-date.