Born Wabasha, MN, December 30, 1957; married; 3 children. Graduate Elmwood H.S. 1976; B.S. Agricultural economics UW-River Falls 1980. Owner of excursion boat company and dam tender. Member: Minocqua Chamber of Commerce; Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce; Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce; National Rifle Association; Tavern League of Wisconsin; Ruffed Grouse Society. Former member: Oneida Co. Economic Development Corporation; Wisconsin Restaurant Assn. (bd. of dir.). Town supervisor 2009-13.
Elected to Assembly 2010; elected to Senate 2012.