Born in 1962, Pierre, S.D. Raised on cattle ranch near Verona, N.D. Graduated Oakes H.S., 1980; B.A. in Political Science, Moorhead State University, 1985; J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, 1989. In private practice, Los Angeles, from 1989-1995. In private practice, Oakes, from 2000-2002. Served as Stutsman County Chief Assistant State's Attorney, Jamestown, from 2003-2010. Member of the Southeast Judicial District Caseload Management Committee. Elected Southeast Judicial District Judge in 2010. Married: wife, Donna, two daughters and one son.