Party affiliation: Democrat
Assistant state's attorney Rock Island County, Illinois, 1974—1977, assistant public defender, 1977—1979. Instructor law Blackhawk College, Moline, Illinois, 1977—1979. Partner Braud, Warner, Neppl & Westensee Ltd., Rock Island, 1980—1983.
Sole practice, since 1983. Panelist, guest expert in law. Lecturer in field.
Volunteer coach Augustana College Wrestling Team, 1974—1976, 1982—1984. Member of American Bar Association (defense services committee since 1983, committee on Torts & Insurance since 1986, criminal justice committee since 1986), Rock Island County Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Bar Association (committee on law related education since 1986, Meritorious Service award 1983), National Geography Society, American Trial Lawyers Association, Tribe of Vikings Club (Augustana College), Beta Omega Sigma (president 1977-1979).