Farmer. Born, raised, and resides in Garner. Graduate of Garner High School. Member of Garner Lions Club, Iowa Dairy Association, Farm Bureau, Iowa Beef Producers, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, and Iowa Taxpayers Association. State treasurer of Iowa Catholic Workmen, 1984-96, Hancock County Farm Bureau president, Iowa Farm Bureau Board, 1986-96; and Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation commissioner, 1986-96. Worked on campaigns for Governor Terry Branstad and U.S. Rep. Tom Latham. Wife Marvalyn; four children, and 10 grandchildren. Serving fourth term in House.