Senate 2008-2012 (District 63)
Party when first elected: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
Retired Carpenter/Retired Union Officer, Business Agent
De La Salle High School; Secondary;
Hennepin Technical Center; Vocational-Technical School; Carpentry Program, 1974
Metropolitan State University; B.A.; Advertising and Marketing, 1984
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; M.P.A.; Public Leadership, 2003, Bush Leadership Fellowship
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Policy Board, Member, more than 10 years);
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Workforce Investment Board);
1995 to ?
Hennepin County, Minnesota (Workforce Investment Board);
2006 to 2???
Two children: Katrina and Martha (daughters)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: jobs, education, transportation.
He was raised in Richfield, Minnesota. He was one of nine children.
After the new redistricting maps placed his home in the same district as Scott Dibble, he decided to move and seek endorsement in the new Senate District 50. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsement in Minnesota Senate District 50 in the 2012 primary election. He lost the endorsement to Melissa Halvorson Wiklund.
He unsuccessfully ran in the primary for a special election for Hennepin County commissioner in April 2014.