Lifelong resident of Hettinger County. Graduate of Regent H.S., 1971. Undergraduate B.A. degree from University of North Dakota, 1976. J.D. degree from UND Law School, 1982. Solo practice in Hettinger County 1982-2015. Hettinger County State's Attorney 1991-2015. Also served as State's Attorney of Bowman and Slope Counties. Appointed Southwest Judicial District judge by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, 2015. Married: wife, Susan, son, Tyrel.