House 2001-2002 (District 34B); House 2003-2006 (District 43A)
Party when first elected: Republican
Detroit Lakes High School; Secondary; Concordia College, Moorhead; B.A.; Economics, 1989Georgetown University, Law School, Washington D.C.; J.D.; 1992
Two children: Thor and Rolf (sons)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
He was of Norwegian ancestry.He ran unsuccessfully as the Republican endorsed candidate for Minnesota Attorney General in 2006. He lost to Lori Swanson.He was the Republican endorsed candidate for Governor in 2014. He lost in his campaign against incumbent Governor Mark Dayton.He was the Republican endorsed candidate for Governor in 2018. He lost in his campaign against Governor Tim Walz.Religion provided by Session Weekly, February 2, 2001, p. 16 and Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.