Art is a retired Coast Guard Captain, an entrepreneur, and a staunch advocate of personal liberty, limited government and fiscal conservatism. A devoted husband and father, Art is married to Paula Halvorson, his wife of 34 years, has six children and, to date, six grandchildren. He is solidly pro-family and pro-life. After a distinguished 29 year military career, Art retired to Mann’s Choice, Pennsylvania.
Art graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management. After embarking on his first military tour aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, an icebreaking ship on the Great Lakes, Art was accepted into the naval flight training program at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Art went on to serve as a rescue helicopter pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Houston, Texas. Along the way, Art gained two master’s degrees: an MBA at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air War College in Montgomery, AL.
Over the course of his Coast Guard career, Art also carefully invested in real estate. His entrepreneurial success led him to retire from the Coast Guard in 2006, as a Captain, to pursue business ventures full time. Art now owns four companies that hold and manage commercial real estate around the country.
Art is also deeply committed to local and international philanthropic projects. He is a member of the Gideon’s International, the National Rifle Association and Crossroads Community Church, in Bedford, PA. Art has also served as President of Officers’ Christian Fellowship.