Born in 1949. B.A., Baylor University, 1971; J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1975. General counsel, Great Plains Software, 1997-2004. Private legal practice, Vogel Law Firm, 1977-1997. Appointed District Judge of the East Central Judicial District 2004 by Governor John Hoeven. Elected 2006, 2010. Married: wife, Sarah. Three sons, Matthew, Samuel, Joseph.