Biography

Appointed to Nebraska Legislature: Sept. 11, 2009, to replace Mike Friend, who resigned; elected to Legislature 2010; re-elected 2014

Born March 29, 1957, in Omaha.

Education: Graduate of Creighton Preparatory School, 1975; University of St. Thomas (B.A. in sociology), 1979; Webster University (M.A. in business administration and human relations), 1982.

Military service: U.S. Air Force (1979-2000)

Family: Married Margaret Mary O’Connor, July 26, 1980; two children: Justin and Courtney.

Occupation: Contract manager and chief pilot.

Former: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col., retired.

Former member: Cass County SID (president, 2007-09); advisory board, Madonna School, 1992-2008 (president); Air Force Association Board (1997-99); 55th Wing Association Board (1996-98).

Honors and awards: Air Force Air Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Aerial Achievement Medal; Distinguished Service Award, National Guard Association of Nebraska, 2011; Public Official of the Year, The Arc of Nebraska, 2011; Legislator of the Year, American Institute of Architects Nebraska Chapter, 2012; selected as co-chair of the Statewide Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, 2012; Champion for Nebraska Babies, Health Center Association of Nebraska, 2012; Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations, 2013; Champion of Nebraska History Award, Nebraska State Historical Society, 2013; NFC Community Star, Nebraska Families Collaborative, 2014; State Impact Award, Nebraska Health Care Association, 2014; Award for Advocacy, Nebraska Association of the Deaf, 2014; inductee, Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, 2014.