Gary was born and raised in Jackson, Minnesota. He graduated in 1978 from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he played golf and threw the javelin. After teaching high school German and coaching football, golf and basketball, Gary enrolled in William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in 1984. He moved to Denver in 1995. He is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer at The Law Office of Gary F. Albrecht, LLC. Gary is a scratch golfer and regularly competes in CGA senior events.