Bachelor, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, 1961. Juris Doctor, University Michigan Law School, 1964. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tiffin University, Ohio, 1985.
Degree (honorary), Defiance College. Degree (honorary), Ohio University. Degree (honorary), Rio Grande College.
Member Ohio State Senate, 1967-1989, minority leader, 1978—1981, 1983—1985, president, 1981—1983, 1985—1988. Member United States Congress from 5th Ohio district, 1989—2007, member finance services committee, ranking member subcommittee on finance institutions and consumer credit, deputy minority whip. Associate firm Tomb and Hering, Tiffin, 1967-1988.
Board directors Old Fort Banking Company, Ohio. Chairman economic and security committee North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1965-1966.
Since a human being is the central factor in the plan of salvation, the Gospel must be taught, understood and accepted by him.
All human life is created by God and therefore is significant and valuable. When governments implement the capital punishment, then the life of the convicted is devalued and all possibilities of change end.
President Ohio Electoral College, Columbus, 1984. Member American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, National Republican Legislators Association (named Outstanding Legislator of Year 1983).
Married Karen Lee Lako, December 10, 1983. Children: Linda Dianne, Julie Ellen, Paul Michael, Connor Sheldon, Adam William.