Born in 1947, Portland, OR. Raised in Watford City, ND. B.S., Valley City State University; J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law. Engaged in civil practice/prosecutor for nine years. Served as Barnes County Judge from January 1986 until elected district judge in November 1994; reelected 1998 and 2004; defeated 2010. Activities include: Chair, Judicial Conduct Commission; Executive Committees, Judicial Conduct Commission; North Dakota Pattern Jury Instruction Commission; Barnes County Bar Association; Southeast Judicial District Bar Association; Rotary Club. Married: wife, Mary. Two sons, Nick and Ben.