Executive director of the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and a farmer. Raised and resides on a farm near Gladbrook. Received B.S. in agriculture from Iowa State University. Past president of Tama County Fair Board, Iowa Beef Breeds Council, and Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement. Past chairman of Tama County "Friends of Extension" and past beef superintendent at the Iowa State Fair. Special assistant for Senator Charles Grassley, 1989-1992. Member of the Farm Bureau, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, American Legion, Olivet Lodge, EI Kahir Shrine Club, Des Moines Rotary, and Gladbrook Methodist Church. Served as an officer in Iowa National Guard. Wife Emily; three children and three grandchildren. Serving first term in Senate.