Influential Republican politician who served as President of the Illinois Senate from 1993 to 2003. He was also a Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1966 to 1975.
He was a district sales manager for Pepperidge Farm for thirty-eight years following his service in the United States Marine Corps.
He was in favor of reducing the penalty for possessing illegal firearms to a misdemeanor and applying the death penalty to all convicted murderers.
He and his wife Nancy became parents to four children.
He and Everett Dirksen both served in the Illinois House of Representatives.