Bachelor in Communications, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1978.
National sales manager Carswell Distributing, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1978-1994. State co-chairman North Carolina Taxpayers United, 1993-1998. Member from 5th North Carolina district United States House of Representatives, 1995—2005.
United States Senator from North Carolina, since 2005. Member veterans' affairs, armed services, energy & natural resources, health, education, labor & pensions committees and the select committee on intelligence United States Senate.
Co-chairman Partnership Drug Free North Carolina. Board directors Brenner Children's Hospital, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Member Forsyth County Earning by Learning.
Member of Optimist Soccer League, Rotary Club.
Married Brooke Fauth. Children: Tyler, William.