He was working as a farmer before competing on The Bachelorette.
During his season of The Bachelor, he blogged for the online publication of People Magazine. In 2017, he was the driver in a fatal automobile crash which killed an Iowa farmer.
He was born in Arlington, Iowa to parents Gary and Linda Rae. In 2014, he got engaged to the winner of the 19th season of The Bachelor, Whitney Bischoff, but he and Whitney called off the wedding in 2015.