Born Madison, February 13, 1950; married; 2 children, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Graduate Evansville H.S. 1968; Associate Degree Madison Area Tech. Coll. 1985. Full-time legislator. Former accountant for small businesses, executive director of nonprofit. Member: Rock Co. Literacy Connection; Evansville Chamber of Commerce; VFW Auxiliary Post 6905 (pres.); Evansville Energy Independence Team. Former member: Stoughton Hospital Bd. (chp.); Creekside Place, Inc. (bd. of dir.); Evansville Community Partnership (secy.). Evansville City Council 1998-2002, 2008-10. Mayor of Evansville 2002-06.
Elected to Assembly 2010-12; elected to Senate 2014. Minority Caucus Secretary 2013.
Member of Building Commission and Women's Council