Graduate, Devils Lake Central High School, 1980. Bachelor of Arts, University of North Dakota, 1984. Juris Doctorate, University of North Dakota School of Law, 1987. Private practice of law from 1987 to 1989. Served as a Special Assistant States Attorney for the Lake Region Child Support Enforcement Unit, 1990. Elected Ramsey County States Attorney, 1990. Elected District Judge 2016.