Born in Bowman, ND. Graduated from Scranton H.S., 1986. B.S., Political Science, University of North Dakota, 1990. J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, 1993. Staff attorney and outreach attorney, Legal Assistance of North Dakota, Devils Lake, 1993-1995. Staff attorney, Regional Child Support Enforcement Unit, Bismarck, 1995-2001. In private legal practice, Dickinson, 2001-2006.
Stark County Assistant State's Attorney, 2006 to 2015. Appointed Southwest Judicial District Judge 2015 by Governor Jack Dalrymple.