Born in Storm Lake on March 18, 1946, son of Chris and Florence Groth. Attended Newell-Providence Elementary School. Graduated from Alta Community High School, 1964. B.A. in American government, Iowa State, 1968. M.A., guidance and counseling, University of Northern Iowa, 1971. Educator and counselor for 15 years. Assistant to the President for Institutional Development at Buena Vista College and partner in Insurance agency in Albert City. Married Susan Wilson of Sac City in 1965. Children: Kris and Randy. Member, Iowa Association of Life Underwriters, Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa, Albert City Lions Church Board and Izaak Walton League. Methodist. Fourth term.