*Born in 1956 in Eufaula, Okla. Father was a minister as well as a cop and cattle trader.
*He and his wife, Frankie, have five children.
*Associate pastor at Bethel Baptist Church, Norman, Okla.
*Graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, with a BA in journalism.
*Quarterback of the college football team, winning the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowl.
*Played in Canadian Football League from 1981 to 1986.
*Delivered GOP response to '97 State of the Union address.