1954 – Born on the 29th of May in Great Bend, Kansas.
1989 – He served for eight years in the Kansas Senate, the last two as majority leader.
1995 – Majority leader of Kansas senate.
1997 – Representative from Kansas.
– He was elected to Congress and has been reelected five times in the strongly Republican district.
2003 – He received 97 percent of the vote, and in 2006, his opponent for the 2006 midterm election was John Doll whom he defeated, receiving almost 79 percent of the vote.