Born April 8, 1961 in Valley City, ND. Received his bachelor's degree from Minot State College in 1983 and his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1986. Admitted to practice in North Dakota in 1986. Engaged in private legal practice in Minot, ND, from 1986-2009. Appointed district judge in 2009 by Governor John Hoeven. Elected District Judge 2012, 2016. Married, Linda, with three children.