Politician and member of the Democratic party who became a U.S. Senator from South Dakota in 1997 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years.
He went into private practice after obtaining his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1975.
He was the only senate candidate to defeat an incumbent in a general election during the 1996 U.S. Senate elections.
He has two sons and a daughter with his wife Barbara, a professional social worker.
He succeeded Chris Dodd as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.