Born Loyal, October 3, 1952; married; 3 children. B.A. UW-Milwaukee, summa cum laude. Former county board supervisor and city council member. Member: Waukesha Co. Republican Party; Waukesha Co. Republican Women’s Club; New Berlin Lioness; New Berlin Historical Society; Boy Scout Advisory Com., Potawatomi Area Council. Waukesha Co. Board supervisor 1990-93, and mbr. of its Legislative, Intergovernmental and Education Com., Health and Human Services Com., Transportation Com., and Community Development Block Grant Bd.; New Berlin City Council 1986-92 (former president, chm. of Finance Com., chm. of Board of Public Works, mbr. of Planning Commission and Crime Prevention Com.).
Elected to Assembly 1992-96 (resigned eff. 4/20/98); elected to Senate in April 1998 special election; reelected since 2000. President of the Senate 2015; Majority Caucus Chairperson 2003.