- Born Middleton, Wisconsin, January 28, 1961; married; 2 children.
- Graduate Middleton High School; attended University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, 1979-81.
- Former communications director, legislative aide, radio personality, short order cook, meat packer, truck driver, and City of Middleton recreation instructor.
- Elected to Senate since 1998. Leadership positions: Minority Leader 2003.
- Additional appointments, 2017: Legislative Study Committee on the Preservation of Burial Sites.