Born in 1956 in Grand Forks ND, raised in Cavalier, N.D. B.S. in Social Science, Mayville State University, 1978; J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, 1983. Private practice 1983-1998 in Pembina County; Pembina County State's Attorney 1987-1998. Elected Northeast Judicial District Judge in 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016. Married, husband, Bob, three children.