Born and raised in Provo, Brunsdale, 33, got his introduction to politics while serving a mission in Quebec.

That's because his mission president, for whom he served as an assistant, was Democratic Rep. Wayne Owens, who encouraged Brunsdale to go into law.Brunsdale graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in 1983. He later became Owens' campaign manager and eventually chief of staff in Washington, where he lobbied for legislation dealing with the Central Utah Project, compensation for victims of above-ground atomic testing and wilderness.

Describing himself as a an avid outdoorsman, Brunsdale says he believes strongly in protecting the environment and has been at the forefront of a movement to stop a giant natural-gas pipeline running through Morgan and Davis counties.

He, his wife, Celestia, and their 7-year-old son, Tanner, have lived in Bountiful since 1986.