We need to become those leaders, those examples...it is our Republic ..
- Timothy Knight
A journey filled with challenges. Always out to prove my worth.
I was raised just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley, California and understood from an early age the importance of our rights and traditions. I grew up in a house with a deeply rooted tradition of hunting - a tradition that lives on in my household. I was more at home in the outdoors with my Boy Scout troop and other camps than I ever was in the classroom. Most of my free time as a child was spent camping, riding horses in the backcountry or at the camp rifle range. And the importance and respect for both land and animals was a constant topic of discussion with my father.
I also developed a healthy respect for the responsibilities of being a citizen gun owner through practical lessons and experience provided by many significant adults in my youth. From Scoutmasters to neighbors, I had many positive influences.
One of the most defining was a neighbor who was an accomplished member of the Army Marksmanship Unit and a President’s Hundred shooter. I was often invited to join his kids at his matches where we learned to be a sharp rifle pit crew and got to spend time with other very disciplined shooters. It was a treat and greatly reinforced my lifelong love of shooting.
Being dyslexic, I struggled through school but was able to graduate from Emory University in Atlanta with degrees in Political Science and History. I was also privileged to study Economics and Politics at University of Oxford in Oxford, England. My academic challenges uncovered an inability to accept failure as an outcome. Rather than embrace the notion that my condition limited my abilities, I strove to always find a way to accomplish my assignments or other goals. Understanding the importance of teamwork to offset my deficits greatly contributed to my achievements. These struggles with the seemingly impossible have served me well and have had a terrific impact on where I have gone and what I have been able to accomplish.
I have been a small business owner for 15 years. I focus on team development within my business so employees can succeed and customers can get a genuine experience. I also chose to give back to the program that gave me so much in my youth by serving as a longtime District Boy Scout leader and twice as a District Commissioner in two different districts. I am very proud of the quiet work I was able to complete behind the scenes to improve the program for over 2,000 youths and 400 leaders during my tenure. I am an avid shooter and a constant student of the shooting sports who has attended Thunder Ranch and Gunsite many times, studying several self-defense disciplines. I proudly served as a sworn auxiliary officer in the Colorado Mounted Rangers, Colorado’s oldest law enforcement agency.
But of all the adjectives and titles I have earned, I am most proud of these - husband and father. My wife is my partner in raising our son and in several business ventures. Frankly, I could not do what I do without her. She supports my service to the members of the NRA, but she also holds down the fort as I am often on the road in service to the members. She is also my editor and chief council. She is my pillar and the single most important person in my life. Our love has grown as we have ventured further into this adventure we call life. We have had two sons, one of whom died in 2006, and he is a constant reminder of how precious life is. Two years later we were blessed with another boy who continues to astound us with his spirt, intelligence and zest for life. He has recently decided to begin shooting, and I am looking forward to many years of adventures with him on and off the field.
The NRA and its defense of the Constitution are a central part of our family life, and we have designated part of our estate to the NRA to aid in the organization’s mission beyond our lifetimes. In 2017, I joined the NRA Heritage Society as a Charlton Heston Ambassador Member. My wife is an NRA life member, and our son became a Benefactor Life Member on the day of his birth.
Friends are the family I choose, and I have been very lucky to share my time on this earth with them. Some I have known my entire life; others I have met at conferences or on the range. Still others were forged in the impossible and improbable tasks I have grappled with. They are all the family who are not my blood but for whom I would give my own should they need it.
We all struggle with the world around us, and we all have our own unique challenges. Sometimes we just want to quit or divert to something else which might be easier. Sometimes we give in and sometimes we turn into the wind and dare the storm to knock us over. Being bold and taking the road less traveled takes more than the individual. I can only do what I do because of others; I never forget than. We all make choices and decisions based on our upbringing, our circumstances and the wisdom life has shared. We must be smart about where we go and what we do.
All of us owe so much to so many. We can never repay those that came before for the Republic they gave us and that we continue to fight for. I have benefited from what we have been given; serving the members of the National Rifle Association and gun owners nationwide to uphold our Constitutional rights are both my honor and privilege. I work for the members and proudly serve with the other NRA Board directors.
Beyond being “a voice in the conversation” as an NRA member, I had never involved myself in politics beyond voting or writing the occasional letter to legislators. Like most Americans, I let others be my proxy in defense of my rights. That changed in early 2013 as I watched legislative tyranny being forced upon the law-abiding citizens of Colorado.
Please read about my improbable path into politics (2013 Colorado recalls) and my unyielding desire to get more people involved in their Republic.
More links: (coming soon)
- What has Tim done since being elected in '15?
- Tim's pledge to NRA Members
- Associations, Affiliations & Honors
- Colorado 2013, Tim's Involvement in politics begins. The how and why Tim changed his life course.
- Questions and Answers