Born September 1948 in Valley City. Graduated Fargo North H.S., 1966. North Dakota State University, B.A., History and Economics, 1970. University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1973. Served in U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps 1974-1979. Private legal practice, Williston, 1979-1993. Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, 1993-1999. Disciplinary Counsel, 1999-2013. Appointed District Judge in 2013, elected 2016.