Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Hudson Valley Community College, 1978. Bachelor in Political Science and Criminal Justice, Russell Sage College, 1981. Juris Doctor, Western New England School Law, 1991.
Director Rensselaer County Stop-Driving While Impaired progressive, Troy. Partner Cholakis, Sweeney and Wollowitz, 1991—1995. Executive director, chief counsel New York State Republican Party, 1992—1994.
Commissioner labor State of New York, Albany, 1995-1997, deputy chief of staff to Governor George Pataki, 1997—1998. Member United States Congress from 20th New York district, 1999—2007, member Republican steering committee, member appropriations committee, vice chairman transportation, treasury and housing and urban development appropriations subcommittee.
Married Gayle Ford; 3 children.