America’s public lands and natural resources help define who we are as a nation. They are essential to our economy, our health, and our future. As the world changes around us, these lands provide unrivalled outdoor experiences for all of us year in and year out, while supporting local economies through outdoor recreation, tourism, sustainable forestry, ranching, farming, and responsible mining. They preserve our culture and shared American history.
Joe Biden has a bold plan to restore America’s public lands, waters, and wildlife that will both protect our outdoor heritage and create more than three million good jobs. He will increase wildlife populations across our country and restore and conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. He will ensure that we leave America’s public lands and wildlife habitat in better shape than we found them and bolster community resilience to fires, hurricanes, floods, and droughts. And Joe Biden will achieve all of this through collaborative conservation that ensures that local voices—not special interests—are driving decision-making about our shared natural resources.
The Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Biden Committee formed to protect the interests of our wild spaces in North America for hunting, fishing, and shooting sports. This committee is made up of passionate hunters and anglers to speak to the importance of our outdoor heritage.
Eric Washburn is a fifth generation Coloradan and passionate deer, elk and waterfowl hunter and angler. In 2003, he co-founded the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a coalition of over 50 national hunting and fishing and land conservation organizations working together to promote natural resource conservation policies. He lives in the mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado with his wife and two teenage sons, both of whom are big game hunters.
Tod Sedgwick hunts ducks in Ohio and Louisiana and quail in Georgia. He grew up in Cleveland and hunts ducks in marshes off Sandusky Bay off Lake Erie and in the coastal marshes of Louisiana. He is on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and an emeritus board member of The Ducks Unlimited Foundation Wetlands America Trust and has served on the National Council of the Land Trust Alliance. He was formerly the chairman of the Civil War Trust, now called the American Battlefield Trust. He currently served as a Commissioner of the World War I Centennial Commission. He co-chairs Sportsmen & Sportswomen for Biden in his private capacity and not as a representative of any of these organizations. From 2015 to 2020 he served as President Obama’s ambassador to the Slovak Republic. In an earlier career he built a company that provided news and data to energy companies. Sedgwick lives in Northern Virginia.
The sportsmen and women in America are a keystone to the protecting our planet and addressing the existential challenge of climate change.
From childhood to professional career Sean Logan has always remained connected to the outdoors. Growing up in northeastern Ohio, hunting, fishing, trapping and canoeing was part of his daily childhood. He strongly supports Joe Biden for President because Sean knows first hand the stable leadership required to balance the wise use and protection of our natural resources. As a former state legislator and Director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Sean knows Joe Biden has the conservation ethic necessary to respect and protect our natural systems.
Scott Hassett served as Secretary (Director) of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2003-2007. He is a former chairman of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation and President of the Wisconsin River Sportsman’s Club, and a Hunter Education Instructor. A 35 year bow hunter, he can be found in Pope and Young, and has battled a 30 year obsession with musky fishing.
Bill Rustem is a lifetime hunter and fisherman who has been involved in Michigan conservation and environmental policy for his entire professional life. The numerous honors bestowed upon Rustem for his focus on conservation include having been inducted into the Michigan Conservation Hall of Fame by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs in 2016; receiving the Thomas L Washington Lifetime Achievement Award by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in 2014 and the Ducks Unlimited Conservation Award in 2013; and being honored with the William Milliken Leadership for the Common Good Award from the Great Lakes Leadership Academy in 2012. In August of this year, he will receive the Milliken Lifetime Achievement award from the Michigan Environmental Council. Rustem served as Policy Director under two Republican Governors, William Milliken and Rick Snyder.
Spent the first part of my career as a Field staff and Division Director with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) regulating pesticides, invasive species and harmful pests and diseases. Ended my career as Chief Deputy Director for the MDA for 12 years under 3 different Directors. Instrumental in establishing a number of Great Lakes basin wide conservation/agricultural programs. Recent history- Former Director of both the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department Of Natural Resources under Governor Rick Snyder. Currently serving as a Governor appointed Commissioner on Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission.
Gaspar is a fourth-generation Coloradan who lives in rural northern Colorado with his wife, Cassidy. Gaspar served as the Legislative Program Director for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that, in 2010, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Gaspar to serve on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission. As a CPW Commissioner, he worked to ensure the unique outdoors opportunities we enjoy today will remain for future generations, where his fellow commissioners elected him to serve as the Parks and Wildlife Commission representative to the Great Outdoors Colorado Board.
Jim Pribyl is a retired executive for a major Denver-based telecommunications company. He worked in public policymaking at the state and federal level for more than 35 years and served two U. S. Senators and a Governor. He is also past chair of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and now lives in Summit County, Colorado.
Joanna is an experienced executive with a long career in natural resource and energy policy development and program management. Most recently Joanna was Chair of the NM Game & Fish Commission. She served two terms as Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources under New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson from 2003-2009. From 2010 to 2017, Joanna served on the Obama Administration’s 18-member Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, chairing the Council’s Wildlife Funding Subcommittee and Land & Water Conservation Fund Act Reauthorization Work Group. She is currently on the Board of the National Conservation Leadership Institute
Roberta retired as Assistant Director after 25 years of service with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Roberta serves as Vice-Chairwoman of the New Mexico State Game Commission and is Chief of Staff for House Majority Whip Rep. Doreen Gallegos. Roberta is a member of local and state wildlife organizations such as Back Country Hunters and Anglers, N.M. Wildlife Federation, N.M. Wild, Conservation New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Audubon, Southwest Environmental Center, Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen, and Wild Turkey Sportsmen Association. Roberta is an avid hunter, angler, hiker, and bicyclist. She and her husband Stephen reside in Las Cruces New Mexico.
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* All titles and affiliations are for identification purposes only and are not intended to convey the support of the organization. Our steering committee members are all serving in a volunteer capacity as individuals.
George is a former President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). Before he joined TRCP, George worked as a producer for CNN for more than a decade. George serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA). Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, George grew up chasing pheasants and bass fishing. His favorite pursuits now include waterfowl hunting near home in Maryland, upland bird hunting in Montana and saltwater fishing in Florida.
Ryan Busse is a 25-year,award winning executive in the firearms industry. He has served on numerous advisory and leadership boards including being the past North American Chairman for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Ryan lives, works, hunts and fishes with his wife and two boys in Kalispell, Montana.
Lucas was born and raised into a subsistence living family in the North Woods of Maine, with no running water or electricity for most of his childhood. In 2011, Lucas took over his family’s operating foundation, Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. (EPI). EPI owns 125,000 acres of timberland in Northern and central Maine that they have been purchasing since 1998. They have been managing the land and adding infrastructure for recreation over the last several years. To celebrate the 100 anniversary of the National Park Service, President Barack Obama accepted the gift of 89,000 acres of land from EPI and created the newest unit of the National Park Service, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Aug 24th, 2016. Lucas and EPI continue to play a role in the development of the region and enhancing the community’s ability to capitalize on the newly realized asset.
An avid fly angler, Liz is the President and CEO of the George B. Storer Foundation, based in Jackson, Wyoming. Over the past decade, she has helped spearhead efforts to research and protect big game migration corridors across Wyoming and the West, supported the development of an 11-state conservation program for the greater sage-grouse and the sage-steppe ecosystem, and funded the restoration of Yellowstone cutthroats to their native habitat in Yellowstone National Lake and its tributaries. She served as a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership from 2010 to 2019 and received the Conservation Leadership Award from TRCP in 2019.
Sara served as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for three consecutive Chairs – Senator Bingaman, Senator Wyden and Senator Landrieu. Sara’s portfolio included public lands and water issues and she was the lead staff for the Water and Power Subcommittee first under the leadership of Senator Shaheen and subsequently Senator Schatz. Sara was responsible for covering the Bureau of Reclamation’s budget, policies and programs. Sara also staffed the National Parks Subcommittee under the leadership of Senator Mark Udall. Prior to joining the Committee, Sara served as the Director of Government Affairs at Trout Unlimited where she worked on sportsmen’s issues relating to western water and public lands conservation. Sara works with Trout Unlimited to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the proposed Pebble Mine development.
Lukas is an avid, passionate outdoorsman born and raised in Minnesota. As a current leader in conservation and former guide, he understands the importance of protecting our public land, water, and wildlife; and the opportunities that they create for all hunters and anglers. He spends his free time fishing, foraging, hunting, camping, and cooking his way through the great outdoors.
Garrett VeneKlasen is the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation – New Mexico’s leading sportsmen’s/women’s organization with over 80,000 members and supporters statewide. He was also the Southwest Director of Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project (NM. AZ and CO) as well as Trout Unlimited’s New Mexico Public Lands Coordinator and also founded the New Mexico Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Garrett is an outdoor writer and videographer published in Field & Stream, Fly Fisherman Magazine and Grey’s Sporting Journal. He was also the Host and co-producer of ESPN’s “Fly Fishing America.”
Gov. Jim Blanchard
Sen. Martin Heinrich
Sen. Doug Jones
Sen. Tim Kaine
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Sen. Jon Tester
Rep. Filemon Vela
Rep. Collin Peterson
Rep. Bennie Thompson
Rep. Stephanie Murphy
Rep. Don Beyer
Rep. Mike Thompson
Rep. Marc Veasey
State Auditor Rob Sand
Rep. Ras Smith
Sen. Yvanna Cancela
Rep. Charles Booker
County Recorder Danny O’Connor
Sen. Sean O’Brien
Rep. Angelica Rubio
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Sen. Mark Pryor
Sen. Blanche Lambert Lincoln
Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan
Mayor Laurie Stupak
Lt Gov. John Cherry
Rep. Allen Boyd
County Executive Kathleen Falk
Rep. Rocky Saxbe
2018 Democratic Nominee for Ohio Attorney General Steve Dettlebach
Former Delegate, Mark Shriver
Over the last two years, Rep. Becker served as the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representative. Prior to that, she served to years as the House Majority Leader. She was appointed to the Colorado Hosue of Representatives in 2013. During her time in the Colorado House, Rep. Becker sponsored key legislation reforming state regulation of the oil and gas industry, increasing broadband access to rural Coloradans, creating the Office of Just Transition to help rural communities transitioning away from coal-based economies, passing landmark climate change legislation, providing needed funding to rural communities involved in NEPA processes. She co-chaired the legislature’s Sportsmen caucus for 3 years. Rep. Becker represents House District 13, which includes parts of Boulder County and all of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand and Jackson counties. It is the only House district that spans the Continental Divide. Most of KC’s career before elected office was at the Department of the Interior, working on environmental and natural resources law. Rep. Becker graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in government, then went on to get her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, where she was a member of law review and wrote a law article on citizen suit standing under the Endangered Species Act. Rep. Becker also has an M.S. in real estate development and construction management from the University of Denver’s Sturm School of Business. KC grew up in Florida, where deepwater fishing and quail hunting were mainstays of spending time with her large family. She now lives in Boulder with her husband, Miles Kunkel, and their two young sons, Ryder and Leo.
Mike Thompson was first elected to Congress in 1998. Recognized as a strong representative for his constituents, Thompson has worked on solutions that create jobs, strengthen the middle class, protect our seniors and veterans, increase access to health care, and preserve our environment for future generations. Prior to serving in Congress, Thompson represented California's 2nd District in the California State Senate where he chaired the powerful Budget Committee. Thompson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he is the Chairman of the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee as well as sits on the Health Subcommittee. Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of more than 150 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and twice co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate. He served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was an instructor at the Army's Airborne School.
Rob Sand was elected Iowa's State Auditor in 2018. He grew up in Decorah, Iowa, regularly hunting and fishing with his dad. He has taken 8 Pope & Young whitetail with his bow and got his first turkey by shotgun this spring.
Representative Ras Smith represents Iowa House District 62, which includes Waterloo, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, and Raymond. Smith, a Waterloo native, is the son of L.C. and the Rev. Dr. Belinda Creighton-Smith. Smith graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Youth and Human Services. Smith lives in Waterloo with his wife Amelia and their two daughters, Maria and Samara. Locally, Smith serves on the Executive Advisory Committee for the University of Northern Iowa, Executive Board member of the Urban Agriculture Institute and Executive Board member of the YMCA of Black Hawk County.
Rep. Charles Booker, a 36 year old state legislator, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up in the poorest zip code in Kentucky, he experienced the struggles so many other politicians only speak about - rationing insulin, going hungry, seeing family members killed by gun violence, and even being homeless himself. He attended college and law school, and then decided he wanted to be in the halls where the rules were made. He successfully ran for State House in Kentucky in 2018, becoming the youngest african american in the house in more than 90 years, where he fought for common sense gun safety reform, prescription drug cost relief, voter protection and restoration, in support of labor unions, for economic justice, against racial injustice and more. After an incredibly successful first run for US Senate in the 2020 Kentucky Democratic Primary, Rep Booker recently founded Hood to the Holler, a 501c4, to capture the energy and infrastructure he built in his run to continue to build power, work on voter restoration and more, and to help positively transform our future. He also served as a Director at Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Danny O'Connor, born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, was elected Recorder of Franklin County, the largest county in the state of Ohio, in 2016. He is a passionate and proud son of rural Western Ohio and loves walking through woods and fields across every part of the state.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp served as the first female senator elected from North Dakota from 2013 – 2019. During her six years in the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp quickly became a proven senator who worked across the aisle to fight for North Dakotans. She personally showed that if senators work together, it can lead to real solutions. Throughout her time in public service, Heitkamp has stood up for Native American children; fought for working families; worked to stop human trafficking; pushed for affordable health care; helped address the detrimental impact exposure to trauma can have on children; helped craft and pass meaningful bank reform and fought for a true all-of-the-above energy strategy.
Mark Pryor served in the United States Senate representing Arkansas from 2003 – 2015 and served as Arkansas Attorney General from 1999 – 2003. He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman and loves spending time outdoors in the Natural State. He also served on the Migratory Bird Commission from 2011 to 2014 and is committed to conservation and protecting habitat all over America.
Former Congressman Bart Stupak and his wife, Laurie Stupak, former Mayor of Menominee, are avid deer hunters. We live at our camp on 38 acres which is the Olsen homestead in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Bart is a former nine term US Congressman, State Representative, city police officer, retired Michigan State Police Trooper, attorney and author. Laurie and I enjoy the outdoors and are avid whitetail deer hunters. The photo is a recent buck taken off our property.
Mayor Laurie Stupak served as Alderwoman (1992-1996) and then Mayor of Menominee, MI from 1996-2003. She has over twenty-five years of education and experience in public and community service, and possesses a unique combination of government experience, political involvement, teaching skills and conservation.
Kathleen Falk served as the highest elected official for the half million residents of Dane County, WI. She led a voter referendum that created a $30 million Conservation Fund and purchased thousands of acres of land for public use. She created a Land and Water Legacy Fund to purchase public land easements and to restore wetlands for wildlife habitat. She enacted the strongest ordinances in WI to prevent impairment of lakes and rivers Prior to elected office, Falk was the state’s “public intervenor”, an assistant attorney general designated to protect the state’s natural resources. Subsequent to elected office, Falk served in the Obama Administration as the US Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director for the six Great Lakes states. Falk has received many awards for her lifelong conservation work, including from Trout Unlimited, Gathering Waters Conservancy, the River Alliance of WI, and the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission; a county wildlife area was named in her honor. Falk especially enjoys hunting ducks in Sturgeon Bay and fishing the trout streams and lakes near her home.
Michelle Zimmerman is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioner, an associate with Clean Energy Collective, and works in land and wildlife conservation as well as renewable energy development. She resides in Breckenridge, CO and is a former ski instructor and wildland firefighter. Zimmerman is a graduate of the University of Denver and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA through Daniels College of Business. She works in land management and structured finance and was previously the executive director of both the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project in Denver and the Rincon Institute in Tucson. Zimmerman is a member of numerous renewable energy and conservation groups and currently serves on the Colorado Natural Areas Council and is a mountain bike racer with the Yeti Beti team.
Rocky Saxbe served four terms as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and was the Republican candidate for Ohio Attorney General in 1982. He owns and operates The Van Darby Club an upland game club located In Mechanicsburg, Ohio. His father, William Saxbe, served as U.S. Senator for Ohio and was a friend of Joe Biden. Rocky understands that protecting and preserving our nation’s hunting heritage and it’s precious land and water resources for future generations can only be assured by electing Joe Biden in November.
Ryant L. Washington grew up hunting and fishing in central Virginia, and joins Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Biden having recently retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he served under Governor Ralph Northam as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. In May of 2014, Ryant was appointed by former Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve as a Special Policy Advisor for Law Enforcement to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Prior to his time in state government, Ryant served in law enforcement for over 26 years. He is the former Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of Fluvanna County. Ryant also served as a Virginia State Trooper. He holds a diploma in Business Administration from National Business College and a Graduate of Executive Management Training at the National Sheriffs Institute, and courses on leadership at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Ryant is Past President of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, past member on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriff's Association and a former Commissioner of the National Commission on Forensic Science. He has served in a variety of leadership positions on local and statewide boards, committees, and commissions.
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A.J. DeRosa is the Founder of Project Upland, Creative Director of Northwoods Collective, and Author of The Urban Deer Complex. He is passionate about upland conservation across the American landscape and hunts his seasons over his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Grim
John Land Le Coq has 35 years of experience shooting photography around the world. Specializing in on location production, he has shot on assignment in over 70 countries on six continents. From some of the largest cities to the most remote jungles, he has successfully produced images and branding consultation for some of the largest corporations, ad agencies and creative professionals including; Federal express, United Parcel Service, DHL, Bank of America, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Nissan, Alamo, Levis, United Artists, Hertz, IBM, Wells Fargo, Disney, to name a few. Examples of his work can be seen at www.lecoqphoto.com Along with his work as a photographer and branding consultant, he is the founder and CEO of Fishpond, inc., one of the world’s most respected brands of fly fishing and outdoor gear. Each product is designed by Le Coq, who handles all creative design and development. Product design is an integral component to his focus and vital to the complete understanding of how photography and product design work together to create a successful brand.
Robert Bonnie leads the Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is also an Executive in Residence at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. At Duke, from 2017-2019, he was a Rubenstein Fellow, working on conservation and environmental issues in rural America. During the Obama Administration, Robert was Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at USDA from 2013 to 2017, and a senior advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining USDA, Robert was vice president for land conservation at Environmental Defense Fund where he focused on developing incentives to reward stewardship on private lands. Robert has master’s degrees from Duke in forestry and environmental management. He lives with his wife, Julie, and daughter, Lilly, in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Tracy Stone-Manning is the associate vice president for public lands at the National Wildlife Federation. She previously served at Governor Steve Bullock's chief of staff and the director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. She is an antelope, deer and elk hunter.
Durrell Smith is an avid outdoorsman, published outdoor writer, visual artist, art teacher, bird dog handler/trainer, and host/founder of The Gun Dog Notebook Podcast and the Minority Outdoor Alliance, Inc. In addition to hunting upland birds and waterfowl, he participates in pointing dog field trials with his guides hunts with both his Pointer and Labrador. As a first generation hunter, Durrell seeks to learn and contribute to the community by connecting with visionaries and veterans within the bird dog community who are willing to share stories and knowledge about the various breeds, creating a bridge to welcome aspiring dog men and women to the bird dog community.
Joe was born and raised in Nebraska hunting pheasant, quail, geese, mallard, and teal. Every weekend also revolved around fishing for largemouth bass and catfish. He took that passion to Washington and spent fifteen years working for the premier outdoorsmen in the U.S. Senate, most recently serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. He was also Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Mark Udall and served as a legislative assistant for Senator Ben Nelson. He was also a Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, helping to manage the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and the Forest Service. He was a key part of expanding the Conservation Reserve Program in 2015, where 800,000 additional acres were dedicated to protecting wildlife habitat and wetlands.
Ken Schultz was an editor and staff writer for Field & Stream magazine for more than three decades, and has contributed to many national publications, websites, and broadcast venues. He has authored nineteen books on recreational fishing topics, and been a consultant and/or content provider on many projects having to do with recreational fishing. Schultz lives, fishes, boats, and hunts on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but is familiar with outdoor recreation around the country, as his work and travels have taken him to nearly all of the fifty states and many foreign countries. He is especially interested in preserving and protecting fishing and hunting opportunities and safeguarding our natural resources. He has been a member of various state and regional outdoor recreation or conservation/environmental advisory committees in New York and Virginia. He currently sits on the Virginia Marine Resource Commission’s Menhaden Management Advisory Committee, and formerly served on its Recreational Fisheries Development Fund Advisory Board.
Michael Washburn is an avid fisherman, kayaker and wilderness survival expert. Born near the Adirondacks in New York, Michael is the fifth generation of his family to become an Adirondack Guide. He led back-country trips in the Adirondacks and Southeast Alaska for several years before finishing college. He studied forestry and has worked for the Forest Service as well as several lumber and pulp and paper companies. Today he is a consultant helping companies achieve their sustainability goals. He lives in Scottsdale.
For more than a decade, Barrett has served as a lead consultant on the effort to fully and permanently fund the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund -- guiding strategic nationwide investments into grassroots and grasstops organizing, paid media, and communications efforts. When President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law in July of 2020, many observers called the win “the greatest conservation achievement in a generation.” A native of Denver and former registered fly-fishing guide, Barrett is a 1999 graduate of The University of Montana. Barrett is certified as an Outdoor Emergency Care Technician, and is a member of the Red Lodge Mountain Resort Ski Patrol. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Billings, MT, where he lives with his young son, Rowan Leo, and two Gordon Setters, Gilly and Guinness.
In promoting sportsman conservation, Andrew helped spearhead coalitions of hunters, anglers and environmentalists that led to the protection of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the creation of the Columbine Hondo Wilderness, the establishment of the Valles Caldera National Park Preserve and permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Andrew is an ordained Presbyterian Minister (PCUSA), an avid fly-fisherman and guide, and as a native New Mexican is passionate about the intersection of culture, community, collaboration, and conservation. Andrew currently works as the Public Lands Field Director for the National Wildlife Federation.
Matt’s home water is the Chesapeake Bay and coastal Atlantic Ocean surrounding Virginia’s lower Eastern Shore. He is an avid light tackle saltwater angler and conservationist dedicated to protecting and restoring our lands and waters for future generations. Matt believes in sustainable, science-based management of fish and wildlife, and that anyone who asks where he caught a speckled trout or red drum deserves to be lied to. Matt has worked on natural resource and environmental policy at both the federal and state levels, including as a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Matt currently serves as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He joins Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Biden in his personal capacity.
Gary Skiba earned a B.S in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire in 1978 and an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1981. He studied bighorn sheep in Dinosaur National Monument for his master’s work Gary managed private hunting area from 1983-1986 and worked for the Colorado Division of Wildlife from 1986 to 2010. His work for CDOW focused on threatened and endangered species. He was the staff biological lead in the development of Colorado’s current wolf management plan in 2004-2005. Gary is currently the Wildlife Program Manager for the San Juan Citizens Alliance, a regional environmental group based in Durango, Colorado.
As an accomplished fly-fishing guide and angler, Jen Black began fly fishing on the flats of Tampa Bay where she earned a degree in Marine Biology from Eckerd College. After college Jen worked for the Florida Marine Research Institute studying the reproductive life cycle and migration of Mahi. While working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Jen studied mercury contents of Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout along the coast of Florida. Jen has taught Marine Biology and Environmental Science in public schools in Florida, Kentucky, and New Mexico. As a public-school teacher, Jen’s classes participated in the Trout in the Classroom program sponsored by Trout Unlimited and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Jen has served as board member of the Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited as well as spearheads conservation work with spiritual leaders and faith communities through EarthKeepers 360.
Ángel Peña was born and raised in the Río Bravo valley, he is a first generation American and father of three. Ángel’s education in anthropology and archaeology allows him to emphasize and advocate for our nation’s historic, prehistoric and cultural assets, bringing cultural resources to the forefront of conservation. As a Cultural Resources Specialist for New Mexico Wild (2012), Wyss Fellow (2014), & as the Río Bravo Director at the Conservation Lands Foundation (2016) Àngel has had the opportunity to support and lead amazing teams that ultimately secured protections totaling millions of acres across the American Southwest. Currently a Co-Chair of the Next 100 Coalition (2018), he actively works to identify new ways in which we can increase the diversity and inclusion of the histories, cultures, knowledge and people represented in our public lands and wide open spaces. “As the President of the Neustria Tierra Conservation Project it’s about empowering the people that have true, authentic and deep-rooted ties to the land. It’s about supporting and empowering those agents of change. That’s how we win.”
Chip Hagan is a longtime hunter, fisherman, and conservationist. He learned how to safely handle firearms at an early age though Trap Shooting, attaining several NC and Zone titles, as well as a National title. He enjoys wings shooting, bow hunting for deer, fishing for trout in the mountains, and coastal fish in his native NC. He was the spouse of former US Senator Kay Hagan, who also enjoyed fishing and conservation efforts.
Tim Purdon served as United States Attorney for North Dakota from 2010 to 2015. Most fall weekends find Tim and this gun dog Frenchie chasing pheasant, grouse and partridge on the prairies of west central North Dakota. Lucky to have married into a family of legendary North Dakota wild game cooks, the results of the hunt are always enjoyed and are often shared with the landowners and friends who provide access.
Ed Zygmunt grew up in the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania, just a few miles from Joe Biden’s boyhood home in Scranton. As a young man Ed witnessed firsthand the devastating impact to clean water and wildlife habitat caused by the unregulated coal industry. At the same time, Ed became an avid hunter and angler and soon realized protecting America’s environment was the key to protecting our proud outdoor heritage. Thus began a lifelong commitment to saving both. Professionally, Ed worked for the Wyoming County Conservation District, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where he helped family farms implement best management practices to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed while making their operations more economically viable. He also served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Chris Carney.
As a product of the midwest, but having been lucky enough to travel the world, I have had the opportunity to fly fish for trout, striped bass, pike, and many many other species. I never leave the house without at least a 3wt and an 8wt in the back of my car, always hoping for the chance to get a few casts in while on the road. My grandfather is my lucky fishing partner, and he has taught me everything from casting, tying knots and flies, to caring for an environment that has given us so many memories. We will both be supporting Joe Biden this year because he shares our commitment to conservation and family.
Bill Neal MD is a Jackson Hole, Wyoming orthopedic surgeon educated at Harvard, Stanford and UCLA. He has shared with his wife and 4 children his passions for kayaking, fly fishing, sailing, clay shooting, and conservation efforts to preserve the these sporting landscapes. He believes that under Joe Biden's leadership, conservation measures can protect these natural environments for his grandchildren and generations to follow.
Andrew is a lifelong sportsman and proud North Carolinian who has made advocacy for our natural resources a centerpiece of his career in public service. He has experience in both the nonprofit sector and on the Hill advocating for hunters and anglers and trusts Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be good stewards of our wildlife, public lands, and waters.
Brian Williamson grew up in Madison, WI and is now an attorney in Washington, DC. A lifelong hunter and flyfisherman, he has a Boone & Crockett whitetail hanging in his apartment and many fond memories of landing Montana cutthroat trout.
Zenas grew up hunting blue quail in West Texas and turned to pheasant hunting in Minnesota in 1998. It wasn’t until 2008, that Zenas found his true calling—pursuing Grouse & Woodcock with SXS shotguns in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin over pointing dogs. In 2019, Zenas was approved to capture and band American Woodcock with pointing dogs in Minnesota. An ardent conservationist, Zenas lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three English Setters.