- Born Oceanside, California, December 11, 1961; married; 7 children.
- B.A. University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, 1986.
- Full-time legislator. Former manufacturing computer hardware and software salesman, business long–distance salesman. Former real estate salesman.
- Former member: Optimists; Rotary; Telecommunications Specialists of Wisconsin.
- Town of Ledgeview chair, 1993–97.
- Elected to Assembly 1994–2006. Elected to Senate since 2010. Leadership positions: majority caucus chair 2013.