Bernie has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in Political Science and Economics. He also has a Diploma from Albuquerque T-VI in Diesel Mechanics. Bernie has worked as a bouncer, private investigator, service writer, hospital department manager, mechanic and has owned Milagro Coffee for 15 years. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 16 years and currently serves as Assistant Chief of Las Alturas Fire Department.
Bernie was a registered Republican for 37 years and is now an Independent.