- Born Rice Lake, Wisconsin, November 23, 1953; single.
- Graduate Bonduel High School, 1971; attended University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1971–72; B.S. in Animal Science, University of Wisconsin–River Falls, 1976.
- Dairy farmer.
- Member: Wisconsin Farm Bureau; Badger AgVest, LLC (director); Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (former director); Dairy Business Association; Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (former director, former chair); Brown, Shawano, Outagamie, Waupaca County Republican Party; Shawano Area Chamber of Commerce; Shawano County Dairy Promotions (former director); Cooperative Resources International (former vice chair); AgSource Cooperative Services (former chair); National Dairy Herd Improvement Association (former director); University of Wisconsin Center for Dairy Profitability (former chair); Shawano Rotary.
- Elected to Assembly since 2006. Leadership positions: minority caucus sergeant at arms 2009.