Bruce Porter has lived with his wife and family in the Santa Ynez Valley for 20 years. He has been deeply involved in education over his career, including as an assistant professor in mathematics for a university and as a member of the school board of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District. Both of his parents were teachers, and his wife is a school nurse. Porter served in the Army for 25 years and has run his own business as a financial advisor in Santa Ynez for 20 years. He has a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two master’s degrees (civil engineering and computer science) from Stanford University.