Bachelor of Science in International Agronomy, Colorado State University, 1978. Master of Science in Soil Science, Montana State University, 1980.
Agronomist Kaercherv Agriculture, Libya, 1980—1981. Crop superintendent Alfa Laval Engineering Company, Saudi Arabia, 1981—1984. Farm owner, rancher Flathead, Sanders Rosebud and Judith Basin counties, Montana.
Member Montana United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency committee United States Department Agriculture, 1993—1999. Governor State of Montana, Helena, since 2005. Appointed Montana Rural Development Partnership Board, 1996, National Drought Task Force, 1999.
Married Nancy Hupp, 1981. Children: Ben, Khai, Katrina.