Born Wausau, June 16, 1950; married; 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Graduate Newman H.S. (Wausau); attended UW-Marathon County and Northcentral Technical College. Former ginseng, dairy, and beef farmer. Served in Army Reserve 1968-74. Member: 7th Congressional District, Marathon, Wood, Taylor, Rusk, Sawyer, Price, Lincoln, Portage, and Shawano County Republican Parties; Farm Bureau; Natl. Rifle Assn.; Friends of Rib Mountain; Marathon Lions. Former member: Wis. Rifle and Pistol Assn.; Internatl. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #1791; Childcare Connection Bd.; DOT Law Enforcement Adv. Coun.; Marathon County Hunger Coalition. Recipient: Wis. Vietnam Veterans’ Legislator of the Year Award 2002; Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Certificate of Commendation 2005; Wis. Towns Assn. Friend of Wis. Towns Award 2011; Wis. Dental Assn. Award of Honor (Mission of Mercy) 2011; Wis. Farm Bureau’s Friend of Agriculture Award 2006, 2004; Wis. Dairy Business Assn. Award 2012, 2010, 2008; 3M Award of Appreciation 2001; Wis. Paper Council Champion of Paper Award 2007; UWSP Paper Science Foundation Friends of the Foundation Award 2005; Amer. Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Legislator Advocate of the Year 2005; Wis. Grocers Assn. Friend of the Grocers Award 2012, 2008, 2006, WMC Working for Wisconsin Award 2012, 2002, 2000; Wis. Builders Assn. Friend of Housing Award 2006; State Farm Insurance Golden Car Seat Award 2007; Wis. Troopers Assn. Legislator of the Year Award 2003; Wis. County Police Assn. Legislative Merit Award 2007; Allied Health Chiropractic Centers Commitment and Dedication to the Chiropractic Profession Award 2004; Wis. Ginseng Board Assistance to the Wis. Ginseng Industry Award 2005; Wis. Bear Hunters Assn. Hero Award 2012.

Elected to Assembly 1998-2010; elected to Senate in June 2012 special election. Majority Caucus Sergeant at Arms 2003-2007.

Member of Building Commission, Highway Safety, Council on, Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, State Council on, Military and State Relations, Council on and Transportation Projects Commission

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