Bachelor in Political Science and Communications, Queens College, 1985.
Member New York State Assembly, 1987-1998, United States Congress from 7th New York district, since 1999, member foreign affairs committee, ways and means committee, chief deputy whip, since 2003, co-chair congressional caucus on Bangladesh. Delaware American Institute Free Labor Development observers of Nicaragua election, 1990.
Member Armagh Association, Cavan Men's Association, Hudson Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus.
Married Kasey Nilson. 3 children.