Born Janesville, March 29, 1953; married; 5 children. Graduate Mukwonago Union H.S. 1970; B.S. education UW-Whitewater 1974; certificate in EBD UW-Madison 1990; M.A. education Viterbo U. 2005; certificates – instructor certificate, autism spectrum, and enhanced verbal skills, Crisis Prevention Institute (Milwaukee) 2008, 2010, 2013. Full-time legislator. Former dairy goat farmer, special education teacher. Member: St. John’s Episcopal Church (worship leader); Columbia Co. Democratic Party; Pheasants Forever; Ducks Unlimited. Former member: Baraboo Education Assn. (pres.); American Dairy Goat Assn. (judge); Wisconsin Dairy Goat Assn. (pres.); Crisis Prevention Institute (instructor).
Elected to Assembly 2014.