Bachelor in Political Science, magna cum laude, Moorhead State University, Minnesota, 1973. Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Political Science, magna cum laude, Moorhead State University, Minnesota, 1973.
Executive director North Dakota Democratic Party, 1975-1976. Director North Dakota Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service, 1977-1981. Administrative assistant to representative Quentin Burdick United States Senate, Washington, 1981-1988, staff director, Environment & Public Works Committee, 1988-1992, chief of staff to Senator Jocelyn Birch Burdick, 1992, chief of staff to representative John Breaux, 1993.
Deputy chief of staff to vice president Al Gore The White House, 1993-1997. Executive director Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), 1997—2001, chairman, since 2009, North Dakota Democratic-National Physical Laboratory Committee, Bismarck, 2005—2009. Visiting lecturer Center Health Policy Research & Ethics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, since 2001.
Lecturer Center Study Congress & Presidency, American University, Washington.