Louisiana State University (Bachelor of Arts, with honors, 1974). University of Texas (Juris Doctor, with honors, 1977).
Law clerk to Honorary Carl. O. Bue, Junior United States District Court (southern district) Texas, 1977—1979. Director policy & research to Governor Richard D. Lamm State of Colorado, Denver, 1982—1984.
Partner Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, 1984—1999. United States attorney District Colorado United States Department Justice, 1999—2001. Partner Hogan & Hartson LLP, Denver, 2003—2007.
Executive vice president, chief legal officer UnitedHealth Group, Minneapolis, 2007—2009. Chief of staff United States Department Interior, Washington, since 2009, assistant secretary for fish, wildlife & parks, since 2009. Legal counsel Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Colorado Transportation Commission, 1985—1989, chairman, 1987—1988, Metro. Transportation Development Commission, Colorado, 1989—1990.
Democratic nominee United States Senate from Colorado, 1996, 2002. Founding board member Great Outdoors Colorado. Board member Children's Hospital, Denver, Denver Public Schools Foundation.
Member of American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, State Bar Texas, Denver Bar Association, Omicron Delta Kappa.