Born in 1950, Dickinson, ND. B.A. from the University of North Dakota 1972. J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law 1981. Private practice 1981-85. Mandan Municipal Judge 1982-86. Judicial Referee, South Central Judicial District 1982-86. County judge, Morton, Grant, and Sioux Counties 1986-94. Elected District Judge in 1994, 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014. Married: wife, Rita. Three children, Carrie, Joseph, Amanda.