Party affiliation: Republican
- Associate Matthews & Cannon, Omaha, 1976-1978. Partner Monaghan, Tiedeman, Lynch & Gidel, 1978-1983, Gray, Gray & Gidel, Rockwell City, Iowa, since 1983. Assistant attorney Calhoun County, Rockwell City, 1984-1985, attorney, since 1985.
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Served with United States Navy, 1970-1973. Member American Bar Association, Iowa Bar Association (lawyers professional insurance committee), Nebraska Bar Association, Calhoun County Bar Association (secretary, treasurer 1986-1988, president since 1988), Iowa County Attorneys Association (public relations committee), Rockwell City Chamber of Commerce Clubs: Twin Lakes (Iowa) Golf and Country (board directors since 1985). Lodges: Rotary (board directors since 1985, president-elect since 1988).