Born in 1946. Graduate: Hebron High School; BSBA and J.D., University of North Dakota. Served in U. S. Army 1968-70. Practiced Law in Dickinson, ND 1973-81. Appointed Judge by Governor Allen Olson in 1981, elected in 1982, reelected in 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006. Retired July 31, 2009. Member: Joint Procedure Committee, Committee on Judicial Standards, Pattern Jury Instructions; Chair, Court Technology Committee and District Court Personnel Advisory Board. Married: Georgiann Messer. Three children: Melissa, Janine, and Jessica.