Bachelor in Economics, University Georgia. Attended, Michigan State University, 1973—1974.
Salesman, vice president, Palmer & Cay Carswell Insurance Company, 1979-1992; member, Georgia State House Representatives, 1985-1993; member, 103rd to 105th Congresses from 1st Georgia District, since 1993. Member Ways and Means Committee, 1985-1993, Appropriations Committee, Congressional Rural Caucus Executive Board, since 1993, chairman Theme Team (house Republican committee team).
Volunteer Hospice, United Way. Member Atlantic Coast Conservation Association, Isle of Hope Community Association. Member American Legislative Exchange Council, Society Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, Solomon's Lodge F&AM, Rotary (Paul Harris fellow).
Married Libby Kingston. Children: Betsy, John, Ann, Jim.