A Representative from Texas; born in Cando, Towner County, N. Dak., July 7, 1940; graduated from Cando High School, Cando, N. Dak., 1958; B.A., Jamestown College, Jamestown, N. Dak., 1963; M.A., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N. Dak., 1964; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1968; professor, University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.; assistant professor, West Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, Canyon, Tex.; assistant professor, Austin College, Sherman, Tex.; faculty and administrator, University of North Texas, Denton, Tex.; distinguished fellow of the Fisher Institute, Dallas, Tex.; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1985-January 3, 2003); majority leader (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Seventh Congresses); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002.