Bachelor in Biology, Willamette University, 1968. Master of Arts in Biology, University Colorado, 1972. Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Radford University, 1981.
Former state representative District 50, Oregon. Former member Tobacco Prevention Coalition & Teen Parent Outreach Committee, Gresham-Barlow School Board. Member County Aging Task Force, Substance Abuse Committee, Oregon Child Abuse Council, Fairview Creek Watershed Conservation Council.
Member District 25 Oregon State Senate, since 2004, chair health care and veterans affairs committee, member commerce and workforce development committee, human services and rural health policy committee.