A member and Leader (from 2010-2012) of the Northern Irish Ulster Unionist Party, he also represented the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency as a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Following his childhood in the village of Ballinamallard, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, he studied at the Enniskillen College of Agriculture.
He held office from 2010-2012 as Ulster Unionist Party Spokesman for Justice and the Environment.
He, his wife Anne, and the couple's two children settled on a farm in Ballinamallard, Northern Ireland.
He entered into Northern Irish politics at around the time that David Trimble was serving as First Minister of Northern Ireland.