Party affiliation: Republican
Legal assistant Smith, Somerville, and Case, 1984—1988, associate, 1988—1991, Herwig and Humphreys LLP, 1991—1996, partner, 1996—2003. Member District 5 Howard County Council, 1998—2004. Vice chairman Bd Liquor License Commissioners Howard County, 1999—2002.
Member District 9 Maryland State Senate, since 2004, minority whip, 2007—2008, minority leader.
Member of Howard County Republican Central Committee (chairman 1992-1997, vice chairman 1990-1992), District of Columbia Association Insurance Compensation Attorneys, Baltimore City & District of Columbia Bar Association, Howard County Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Howard County Republican Club (vice president 1988-1989, president).