Born La Crosse, May 21, 1958; married; 2 children. Graduate Aquinas H.S. 1976; B.A. UW-La Crosse 1980; J.D. U. of Wisconsin Law School 1986. Attorney. Former instructor, UW-La Crosse. Former member: Family Resource Center (bd. mbr.); Family and Childrens Center (bd. mbr.); Coulee Region Humane Society (bd. mbr., pres.). La Crosse Co. Bd. 1986-present (chairperson 2002-11).
Elected to Assembly in May 2011 special election; reelected since 2012.