Senate 2003-2012 (District 42); Senate 2013-2016 (District 48)
Party when first elected: Republican
Bloomington Lincoln High School; Secondary; Gustavus Adolphus College; B.A.; ReligionUniversity of Chicago; Attended Graduate School; Divinity School
Four children: Rachel, Stephen, John, and Jacob
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Special Legislative Concerns: health care reform, education, education reform, taxes, tax relief, business, improved business climate, family law, agriculture.He ran for Governor of Minnesota in the 2010 election. He dropped out of the race in February 2010.Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.