I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and went to public schools in Boston as well as Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I then spent the balance of grammar school, junior high and high school in Millburn, New Jersey. I went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a BA in Business. After a hitch in the Army and a year working for the government, I attended and graduated from the Ohio State University with a Juris Doctor Degree in Law. As an Army Officer I was given a Secret clearance and Top Secret clearance. After graduation from law school I went to work for the Franklin County Prosecutor (Columbus, Ohio) as a trial lawyer in the Criminal and Civil Division.