Born and raised in South Dakota, I am proud to come from a working class family. To this day, my parents both work in manual labor for hourly wages without the benefit of a union, retirement plans or much in the way of benefits. But they, and my entire family for that matter, have always been there for me and provided the support I needed to be the first in my family to attend college and eventually end up in Washington, DC working for the AFL-CIO. My working class background shaped who I am and it’s always who I will be. And it’s why I believe in giving working people a fair shot at making a better life.