B.A., Russian and Soviet Studies, University of North Dakota, 1987; M.A., Russian Language and Literature, University of Arizona, 1991; J.D., with distinction, University of North Dakota School of Law, 1996. Engaged in private law practice in Grand Forks, 1996-2010. City Attorney for Larimore, N.D., 2001-2010. Instructor, University of North Dakota Center for Legal Studies, 2002. Taught Basic Russian as a graduate student and completed 260 hours of language instruction at Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Appointed district judge 2010 by Governor John Hoeven. Elected in 2014, 2016.