Born Kenosha, August 7, 1955; married; 2 children. Graduate Mary D. Bradford H.S. 1973; B.S. UW-Milwaukee 1977; attended Harvard U.; M.A. UW-Madison 1983. Past president, Aurora Assoc. International. Former CEO, Northpointe Resources; National Ombudsman and Midwest Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Bus. Admin. Member: Foundation Bd. of Dir., UW-Parkside; Internatl. Society for ISCTR (co-founder, secy./pres.); WIS-ITALIA (past pres.). Former member: Com. to Found the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha (chp.); Lake County Partnership on Econ. Dev. (exec. com.) and Econ. Dev. Com. on Small Business (chp.); Small Business Forum of DNC (nat’l co-chair); Kenosha Family and Aging Ser. (bd. mbr.); Kenosha Incubator Assn. (chm.); Partnership for a Stronger Economy.
Elected to Assembly 1984-1992 (resigned 6/8/93 upon election to U.S. Congress); reelected since 2008. Minority Leader 2015, 2013, 2011; Majority Caucus Chairperson 2009, 1993, 1991.