Bachelor of Science, University Kentucky, 1955. Master of Business Administration, Xavier University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Northern Kentucky University.
Financial planner Sagemark Consulting of Lincoln Finance (formerly CIGNA). President, chairman executive committee Boone State Bank. Member United States Congress from 4th Kentucky District, 1999—2005.
Member Blue Dog Coalition, New Democratic Coalition, house finance services and agriculture committees.
Florence city councilman, 1967-1974. Boone County commissioner, 1974-1982. Boone County judge-executive, 1992-1998.
Founding charter director and past president Tri-County Economic Development Corporation. Board directors Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Chairman Fine Arts Fund of Greater Cincinnati.
Boone County representative to Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Northern Kentucky Port Authority, Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (chairman). Regent emeritus Northern Kentucky University. Former president Northern Kentucky University Foundation.
President Florence Christian Services, Inc. Former chairman Northern Kentucky United Way. Elder, trustee Florence Christian Church.
Member St. Luke Hospital Foundation board directors. Former chairman board directors 5th 3rd Bank of Northern Kentucky. Board directors The Drees Company With United States Air Force.
Married Mary Kappas, June 6, 1961. Children: Lance, Shannon, Kendall, Trent, Tiffany.