Bachelor in History cum laude, University Dallas, 1980. Juris Doctor, Indiana University, 1984.
Staff attorney Center Judicial Studies, Washington, 1984-1985. Counsel, subcommittee on administrative practice and procedure United States Senate Judiciary Committee, 1985-1987, chief counsel, subcommittee on adminstrv, oversight and the courts, 1995—2000. Counsel to Senator Charles E. Grassley, 1987-1991, foreign policy advisor, tax counsel, 1998—2000, chief counsel, legislation director, 2000.
Republican staff director, chief counsel United States Senate Finance Committee, since 2001.
Candidate Indiana District 58 House seat, 1988, precinct committeeman, 1982-1984. With United States Army Reserve, 1980-1983. Member Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Delta Phi.
Married; 1 child.