Dan's family, faith, and farming background have all helped to shape his values and approach to serving the state of Kansas and the people of the 26th District.

Dan was born and raised near Garden Plain, Kansas where he continues to reside and work on his family's farm. He graduated from Kansas State University and has held various leadership positions in key organizations related to the dairy and agriculture industry. Dan is also an active member in his church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cheney.

Dan has been married to Norene for over 37 years. Dan and Norene have five children, and their family continues to grow. Their oldest daughter, Emily, lives in Waco, Texas with her husband, Ethan, and son, Tyler, 12. Jon, who works with Dan on the family farm, is married to Emily, and they have two daughters, Abigail, 5, and Jenevieve, 3, and a son , Willie,  almost 1. Rachel, married to Jeffrey, and daughter,  Brooklyn, born in January,  live   near Mount Hope.   Keith attends Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he is working towards his PhD in Education, and their youngest daughter, Kim,   works at Kansas State University in the agronomy department as academic coordinator and instructor.

Dan is an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cheney where he serves as an elder. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening when he has a chance.

Elected to the State House in 2008, Dan worked to make sure that the values and interests of the citizens in the 93rd District were represented. After districts were redrawn in 2012, Dan ran and was elected to the Kansas Senate.  For the past four years,  Dan  has been privileged to serve  as  the Senator for the 26th district of Kansas.