- Party: Democrat
- Occupation: U.S. Representative, 5th Congressional District, TN.
- B.S., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1967
- M.B.A. at Memphis State University, 1968
- Tennessee Public Service Commission, six terms, two years as Chairman
- President, Cumberland University, 1983-1988
- Lt. Colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard, with 29 years of service.
- Former member, TVA Board of Directors