Born Berlin, February 26, 1951; married. Graduate Berlin H.S. 1969; B.S. UW-Madison 1973; Wis. Rural Leadership Program Group IV 1990-92. Partner in farm supply dealerships. Member: Green Lake Co. Republican Party; Waushara Co. Republican Party; Education Commission of the States (bd. of dir.); NCSL Education Committee Co-Chair 2012-14. Former member: Waushara Co. Fair Bd. (dir.); Family Health/La Clinica director (1995-99); Berlin Area School Board 1976-97 (pres. 1986-95).
Elected to Assembly 1994-2002; elected to Senate 2004; reelected since 2008.
Member of Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council, Education Commission of the States, Educational Communications Board, Read to Lead Development Council, Standards Development Council and State Capitol and Executive Residence Board