Born Waukesha, January 27, 1956; married; 3 children. Graduate Oak Creek H.S.; B.S. UW-Whitewater 1978; graduate school UW-Whitewater. Full-time legislator. Member: Civil Air Patrol (rank of major); Walworth, Waukesha, and Jefferson Co. Republican Parties; Walworth Co. Farm Bureau; Walworth Co. Historical Society; Walworth Co. L.E.P.C.; UW-Whitewater Communications Advisory Committee (2004-present); Black Point Historic Preserve Bd. (2011-present). Former member: Lauderdale-La Grange Volunteer Fire Dept. (secy.). La Grange Town Board 1987-98 (chm. 1988-98); La Grange Planning and Zoning Comn. (chm.).
Elected to Assembly 1996-2000; elected to Senate 2002; reelected since 2006. Assistant Senate Majority Leader 2005.