Date of birth: Nov. 14, 1944
Spouse and children: Husband Albert, one son
Current job: Associate director for civic programming and outreach, Dole Institute of Politics at KU
Party affiliation: Democrat
Church-religious affiliation: Plymouth Congregational Church
Previous elected positions: Kansas House of Representatives - elected in 1992, Lawrence school board, 1985-1993.
Previous leadership positions: Director, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center and associate dean of student life, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, associate vice provost for student success (all KU ); elected caucus chair by Democratic peers in the House of Representatives and serve on the Leadership Team, 1998-currently; 1st vice president, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, 2004-currently; president, Lawrence school board, 1988-89, 1992-93