Bachelor with distinction, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1985. Graduate honors program, Monterey Institute International Studies, California, 1988. Juris Doctor, University Wisconsin Law School, 1992.
Foreign policy affairs analyst, foreign affairs & national defense division Congressional Research Service, 1989. Legal intern United States District Court (northern district) California, 1991. Intern, assistant counsel, and counsel, subcommittee on economic development United States House Public Works & Transportation Committee, 1993—1994.
Democratic counsel, subcommittee on surface transportation and subcommittee on public buildings and economic development United States House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, 1995—1998, minority chief counsel, 1999—2008, chief counsel, since 2008.