Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2008; re-elected 2012.
Elected Speaker: 2015.
Born March 9, 1942, in Lincoln.
Education: Graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S., B.A.), 1964; University of Colorado (M.B.A.), 1969; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D.), 1975.
Military service: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1960-66).
Family: Married Marilyn Bowen, June 1, 1974.
Occupation: Professor emeritus, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Former: Professor; higher education administrator; Kearney mayor.
Former member: Catholic Healthcare Audit Network Board; Kearney City Council; Good Samaritan Hospital Board; Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce; Buffalo County Economic Development Board.