Attended, Kent State University, Ohio.
Elected member town board, then deputy supervisor, Concord, New York, 1974—1982. Elected member Erie County Legislature, Buffalo, 1982—1988, Republican chairman, 1990—1996. Member District 147 New York State Assembly, 1988-1998, Republican leader, 1995—1998.
Member United States Congress from 26th New York district, 1999—2009. Senior strategic policy advisor Nixon Peabody LLP, Washington, Buffalo, since 2009. Chairman National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Washington, 2003—2006.
Board directors American Action Network, Washington, since 2010. Past board directors Better Business Bureau Western New York. Served with NYNG, 1970-1976.
Member of National Rifle Association, National Republican State Legislators Association, Southtown Walleye Association, American Legion, Masons.
Married Donna Reynolds. 4 children.