Bachelor, University South, 1986. Master of Arts, George Washington U.Elliot School International Affairs, 1990. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University, 1994.
Appropriations associate, legislation assistant to Republican Tom DeLay United States House of Representatives, 1987—1991. Legislation council, director government affairs Northwest Airlines, 1991—1997. Legislation council international trade, investment, & healthcare The Business Roundtable, 1997—1999.
Founder Carson King Consultant, 2000. Assistant secretary for aviation & international affairs United States Department Transportation, Washington, 2001—2003. Member National Mediation Board, 2003—2009, chair, 2005—2006, 2008—2009.
Of counsel Baker Donelson, since 2010.
Married Mark Van de Water. 3 children.