Born in 1956, Jamestown, ND. Holds a B.A. degree from the University of North Dakota, 1979. Received law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law, 1982. Law Clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court, 1982-1983. In private legal practice in Bismarck, ND, from 1983-2006. Appointed District Judge in 2006 by Governor John Hoeven. Elected 2008 and 2014. Married: wife Ann. One child.