Private practice, Demopolis, Alabama, 1958. Partner Manley & Traeger. Member Alabama House Representatives, 1966—1983, chairman house judiciary committee.
Speaker pro tempore; member Alabama State Senate, 1986—1990. Member board bar commissioners Alabama State Bar, since 1972, vice president, 1979—1980, 1983—1984. Board directors New Southland National Insurance Company.
Past trustee Demopolis District Alabama-West Florida Conference Methodist Church. Past member & president Demopolis Board Education. Member Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development authority, since 1975, vice chairman, 1981—1988.
Delegate Democratic National Convention, New York City, 1976. Colonel United States Marine Corps.
Member of American Association For Justice, American Bar Association, Farrah Law Society, Demopolis Chamber of Commerce (past president& board directors), United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (past director), Alabama Junior Chamber of Commerce (past president), Demopolis Junior Chamber of Commerce, National Society State Legislators, University Alabama National Alumni Association (past vice president), University Alabama Alumni Association (past president Marengo County), Commercial Law League America, American Judicature Society, Alabama State Bar Association, Rotary Club, Phi Delta Phi.