Born in 1961, Rugby, N.D. Graduated with B.S.B.A. in accounting from UND in 1983 and J.D. in 1986. Worked for Price Waterhouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Started private practice in Rugby 1991. Assistant Pierce County State's Attorney 1993-94. Member of North Dakota Bar Association and American Bar Association. Admitted to Federal District Court. Elected district judge in 1994, reelected in 2000, 2006. Married: Wife, Jill, four sons.