Served in Congress, 1971-1975, representing second District of Kansas.
Twice Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, 1974, 1978, losing to Senator Bob Dole by less than one percent of votes cast.
Served on Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and Health and Environment Subcommittee. Authored Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973 and the Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974. Also co-authored Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act renewals and cancer act.
Primary interest was health care, but represented 18 county, rural and urban (Topeka and part of Kansas City) areas.
Registered Republican until ran for Congress. Second Democrat elected from northeast Kansas in 110 years.
Delegate, 1976 and 1984 Democratic Conventions
BS, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL.
MD, Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, IL.
JD, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.
Diplomat of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Private practice of medicine, 1955-1970, 1979-1989.
Many local and state medical society offices.
MEMBER OF INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 1974 to date, member of (governing body) COUNCIL OF IOM and many study committees.
Shattuck Lecturer of Massachusetts Medical Society, 1976.
Paper published in New England Journal of Medicine.
Sometime Member of Jackson Hole Group on Health Care and served on Board of Interstudy, Minneapolis.
Served on committees of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commonwealth Fund.
Authored paper for Milbanks Symposium for Women's Health Care.
Chaired, Kansas Legislature chartered Committee on Future of Health Care in Kansas, 1991-1994.
Former Member of Board of Regents of Kansas (for six state universities).
Former of Board of Regents of Washburn University.
Member of Board of Sentry Insurance, Stevens Point, WI, 25 years.
Born Bloomington, IL. Feb. 23, 1926.
Married Jane Osterhoudt, September 7, 1947; she is an attorney.
Six children: five sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law.