A graduate of Jennings High School and the University of Nebraska.
Served in the United States Air Force for 21 years.
Served a one year tour in Vietnam as a combat pilot flying over 100 combat missions.
His commendations include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, and four Air Medals.
Retired from the Air Force in 1974 as a Lt. Col.
Following his retirement, he entered private business and was active in the local community, serving as President of The Jennings Chamber of Commerce as well as other civic and business organizations.
In 1992 he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives for 5 years and was then elected to the Louisiana Senate for the following 11 years. Due to term limits he retired in 2008. One of his proudest achievements was his efforts in getting the War Veterans Home built in Jennings.
Following his retirement from the Senate, he remains active as a consultant for several entities in Southwest Louisiana.
He was married to the former Pat Reaud for 61 years, until her passing in February of 2018, and have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.