Student, Lynchburg College, Virginia, 1977. Bachelor in Political Science cum laude, Claremont McKenna College, California, 1979.
Assistant director research Obenshain/Warner for Senate, Richmond, Virginia, 1978. Legislation assistant to Senator John Warner United States Senate, Washington, District of Columbia, 1979-1980. Legislation director to Republican Thomas J. Bliley Junior United States Congress, District of Columbia, 1981-1984, staff director to Republican Trent Lott, 1984-1986.
Freelance political writer Lynchburg, Virginia, 1986. President Commonwealth Foundation Virginia, Richmond, 1986-1987. Executive assistant to assistant secretary United States Department Defense, 1987-1988, deputy assistant secretary Washington, 1988-1989.
Director executive branch liaison, director United States Congress assessment project, vice president government relations, senior fellow in congressional studies The Heritage Foundation, 1990—1998. Chairman Federal Election Commission, since 1998. Member faculty Leadership Institute seminars, Washington, 1984.
Lecturer USOPM seminars, Washington, 1984-1988.
First vice chairman Young Republican Federation Virginia, Richmond, 1983. Chairman Arlington Area Young Representatives, Virginia, 1984. Active Arlington County Republican committee, 1980-1986, 10th district Republican committee, Falls Church, Virginia, 1985.
Married Margaret Donna Boersig, December 29, 1984. 10 children.