Born: Salt Lake City
Family: Married, one stepson.
Education: Graduated from Cottonwood High in 1972, where he was student body president. Graduated magna cum laude in 1975 from the University of Utah in journalism.
County commissioner's salary: $63,000
First "real" job: Debate and English teacher at Kearns High School.
Management style: "I look for constant follow-through to get the job done, and I believe in creative management - any approach to get the job done."
What I look forward to as a commissioner: "Interfacing with people. Trying out new ideas and feeling good when something significant gets done."
What I don't look forward to: "Crank phone calls. I got a ton when I was state Democratic Party chairman. I still hate to get them. People call up and call me a whole bunch of racial names."
Recipe for success: Hard work, creativity, intensity and compassion.
A memorable failure: Losing a 1972 Granite School Board race as an 18-year-old. I learned my first political lesson.
Heroes: Rick Majerus, basketball coach at the U., Tommy Lasorda, manager of the L.A. Dodgers, and Frank Layden, president of the Utah Jazz. "Most people pick athletes or government types as their heroes. I think coaches are cool."
Leisure: "Golf, `Stratomatic' baseball, reading (political intrigue novels and Tom Clancy stuff) and any participative sport I can do, which is not that many."
Favorite book: "Advise and Consent" by Allen Drury
Favorite movie: Two choices: "Field of Dreams" and "It's a Wonderful Life."