Born Whitewater, October 7, 1952. Graduate Whitewater H.S.; B.S. UW-Whitewater 1978; M.S. Ed. in school business management UW-Whitewater 1990. Former payroll benefits analyst and information analyst/negotiator. Member of Wis. Air National Guard (retired, 33 years of service), served in Middle East in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Member: American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Mukwonago Business Breakfast Club; Jefferson Co. Agribusiness Club. Whitewater City Council 1977-81; UW-Whitewater Bd. of Visitors 1979-89.
Elected to Assembly 1990-2012; elected to Senate 2014.