Party affiliation: Democrat
Law clerk to chief district judge The United States of America District Court (southern district), Iowa, 1971—1973. Prosecuting attorney Polk County Attorney' General’ s Office, Des Moines, 1973—1976. Partner Beving, Swanson & Forrest, Professional Corporation, 1976—1983.
Private practice, since 1983. Lecturer Des Moines Area Community College, 1979—1983. Associate professor medical jurisprudence University Osteopathic Health Sciences, 1982—1998.
With United States Army, 1963-1966.
Denomination: Roman Catholic