Born Bloomington, IL, 1967; married; 2 children. Graduate Columbus H.S. (Marshfield) 1985; A.A. UW-Marshfield/Wood Co. 1987; B.A. with distinction UW-Madison 1989; M.A. international affairs The American U. (Washington, D.C.) 1991; M.S. natural resources UW-Stevens Point 1997. Full-time legislator. Former police officer, City of Onalaska. Member: Wis. Farm Bureau Fed.; Ducks Unlimited; National Farmers Union; Pheasants Forever; Trout Unlimited; The Nature Conservancy. Former member: Onalaska Professional Police Assn. (pres.); Wis. Professional Police Assn; Wis. Crime Victims Council. Recipient: Wisconsin Professional Police Association Legislator of the Year 2009-10; Friend of Grocers 2012, 2010.
Elected to Assembly 2008; reelected since 2010.