Bachelor, University Notre Dame, 1961. Bachelor of Laws, University Michigan, 1964.
Assistant public defender, Winnebago County, Illinois, 1966-1970. Partner firm King & McNamara, 1969-1975, O'Brien, Healy, Wade, Abate, McNamara & Gorman, Rockford, 1976-1981. Mayor of, since 1981.
Past president New American Theatre. Past chairman Rockford Homestead Board. Past president Rockford Area Catholic Board Education, Winnebago County Legal Aid Society Served with United States Army, 1964-1966.
Married Barbara Marie Runkle, June 26, 1965. Children: John, Kathleen, Daniel, Mary, Nell, Thomas.