1956 – Born on August 6th in Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina. Representative from North Carolina.
1974 – Graduated from Lumberton High School, Lumberton, North Carolina.
1978 – Received his B.A. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
1980 – Was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
1981 – Earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
1997 – Elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses.