Born March 20, 1932, Monticello, Iowa. Son of Hillard and Eleanor Simmons Knapp. Graduated St. Martin's High School, 1950. Associate's degree in police science and corrections from Kirkwood Community College. Attended University of Iowa. Married Janice L. Freese, 1953. Children: Gregory, Martin, Walter, Nicholas, LuAnn, Linda and Lydia. Member, St. Martin's Catholic Church. Past officer, Jaycees; Boy Scout leader; former justice of the peace. Twenty-six years in field of correctional work. Chair of Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, 71st General Assembly. Third term.