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Political party: Republican

Office sought: Public Service Commission, District 5 (west-central and northwestern Montana)

Office salary: $87,557

Age: 59

Birth date and place: March 6, 1951, Forest Park, Ill.

Home: East Helena

Occupation: consultant

Family: divorced

Education: graduate of Cary-Grove Community High School, Cary, Ill., 1969; bachelor's degree in agriculture, University of Illinois, 1974; master's degree in agriculture, University of Illinois, 1976

Past employment: 2009-present, consultant to telecommunications and energy businesses; 2005-09, Montana secretary of state; 2000-04, salesman for Right Now Technologies in Bozeman; 1992-2000, extension agent with Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; 1988-90, operated Main Ingredient sandwich shop in Bozeman; 1983-88, managed Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman; 1980-1982, directed national youth programs from American Simmental Association, Bozeman; 1978-80, directed youth programs for American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, Texas; 1977-78, directed youth programs for Appaloosa Horse Club, Moscow, Idaho; 1976-77, extension agent for University of Illinois

Political experience: served as Montana secretary of state, 2005-09; ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in Montana in 2002 and western Montana's congressional seat in 1990

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