Born in 1957, Breckenridge, MN. BA degree in anthropology and archaeology from University of ND, 1980. JD degree from University of ND 1983. Law Clerk, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, 1981. Law Clerk, South Central Judicial District, 1982. Assistant Attorney General, Securities Commissioner's Office 1983-84. Assistant Morton County States Attorney 1984-87. Assistant Burleigh County State's Attorney 1987-94. Elected District Judge in 1994, reelected 2000, 2006, 2012. Wife Karin, sons Brandt and Brady.