Senate 2011-2012 (District 36); Senate 2013-2016 (District 58)
Party when first elected: Republican
East Grand Forks High School; Secondary; Graduate, 1980University of North Dakota; B.A.; Economics and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984University of Minnesota, Law School; J.D.; 1987
Rhonda (married around 1985)
Two children: Amanda (daughter), Phil (son)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: spending, tax and regulatory policy, and education.He lived in Little Falls, Minnesota before he moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, with his family.He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free in Lakeville, Minnesota.Religion provided by his 2010 campaign website.He declared his candidacy for Minnesota Governor, with Representative Michelle Benson as his running mate, in 2013. They later withdrew.