Born Kenosha, November 16, 1943; married; 2 children. Graduate Mary D. Bradford H.S.; B.A. UW-Parkside 1970. Full-time legislator. Former factory worker and liaison to JTPA programs. Served in Army Reserve 1965-71. Member: Danish Brotherhood; Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Assn.; Friends of the Museum; Kenosha Scout Leaders Rescue Squad Advisory Council; Democratic. Party of Wis. Former member: Kenosha Boys and Girls Club (bd. of dir.). Kenosha County supervisor 1986-94 (served on Health and Human Services Com., Welfare Bd., and Developmental Disabilities Bd.).
Elected to Assembly 1992; reelected 1994; elected to Senate since 1996. Minority Caucus Chairperson 2003. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications; Natural Resources; Jt. Com. on Finance (also 2001). 2011 — Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection; Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs; Natural Resources and Environment. 2009 — Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges, and Consumer Protection (chp.); Commerce, Utilities, Energy and Rail; Environment; Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs (vice chp. 2007); Jt. Legislative Council. 2007 — Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Workforce Development, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection (chp.); Commerce, Utilities and Rail; Environment and Natural Resources. 2005 — Energy, Utilities and Information Technology; Natural Resources and Transportation; Veterans, Homeland Security, Military Affairs, Small Business and Government Reform; Retirement Research Com. (since 1997). 2003 — Energy and Utilities; Environment and Natural Resources; Homeland Security, Veterans and Military Affairs and Government Reform. 2001 — Environmental Resources; Human Services and Aging (also 1999); Judiciary, Consumer Affairs, and Campaign Finance Reform. 1999 — Economic Development, Housing and Government Operations (chp.); Agriculture, Environmental Resources and Campaign Finance Reform; State of Wis. Building Comn.; Law Revision Com.; Transportation Projects Comn. 1997 — Jt. Legis. Audit (co-chp., eff. 1/15/97 to 4/20/98); Jt. Com. for Review of Administrative Rules (eff. 1/15/97 to 1/5/98, also 1995); Agriculture and Environmental Resources (eff. 1/15/97 to 4/20/98); Health, Family Services and Aging (eff. 4/21/98); Health, Human Services, Aging, Corrections, Veterans and Military Affairs (eff. 1/15/97 to 1/7/98); Judiciary, Campaign Finance Reform and Consumer Affairs (chp., eff. 1/5/98); Council on Workforce Excellence.