General Assembly: State Senator since 1995; Assistant Minority Leader since 2003.
Committees: Member: Education (MS), Higher Education (MS), Executive, Financial Institutions, Agriculture
Background: Basketball coach, Okawville High School for 38 years (retired); Social Studies teacher, Okawville High School for 32 years (retired); Athletic Director of Okawville High School for 33 years (retired) and Baseball coach for Okawville High School for 27 years (retired). Born November 8, 1940 in Lively Grove, Illinois; Member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church; Married to wife, Flo, for 51 years; Has 3 sons and 1 daughter and nine grandchildren.
Community Involvement and Activities: Illinois Education Association; Okawville Lions Club; Okawville Youth Association; Okawville Knights of Columbus – St. Barbara’s Parish
Education: Master’s Degree. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (1970); Graduate of St. Louis University (1962); Graduate of Okawville High School (1958).
Awards: Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, Illinois Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Illinois Basketball Players Hall of Fame, St. Louis University Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award.