Born April 28, 1959, Oklahoma City, OK; one son, one daughter. Attended UW, Dartmouth College, Oklahoma State, and Colorado State U. B.A. Middlebury College 1982; M.S. Natural Science U. of Oklahoma 1988. Founder-owner of energy and environmental consulting firm. Former VISTA volunteer for Alaska state division of energy; environmental policy advisor and assistant political director for the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign; union leader; stonemasons asst. foreman, Rocky Mountain Institute; Sierra Club: senior Midwest rep., Great Lakes program dir., coordinator of Challenge to Sprawl campaign, Protect Our Families from Floods Project; former middle and H.S. teacher, Cross Academy, Norman, OK. Member: Democratic Party; AARP; Sierra Club; Clean Wisconsin; Wis. Wildlife Federation; YMCA; Spring Harbor Middle School PTO; NACo Green Government Advisory Com.; Madison Nordic Ski Club (fmr. pres.). Former member: Stephens Elem. PTO (co-pres.); First Unitarian Soc. Recipient: FEMA Outstanding Public Service Award; ARC of Dane Co. Elected Official Award for work with people with disability challenges; Men’s Fitness Magazine Clean Water Champion. Four-time Wis. Ironman, college cross country team captain, nationally ranked cross country ski racer, Eagle Scout. Dane Co. supervisor 1998-2011, Personnel and Finance Com. (chp.), Strategic Growth Com. (chp.), Lakes and Watersheds Comn., Manure Management Subcom., Transportation Com. (vice chp.), Transportation Planning Bd., Public Protection and Judiciary Com., Long Range Trans. Planning Com., Recycling and Solid Waste Comn.
Elected to Assembly 2010; reelected 2012.