He was also a farmer and the mayor of Kimball in 1933 and 1934. He was a member of the Nebraska unicameral legislature from 1937 to 1941. He ran against Dwight Griswold and lost in the Republican gubernatorial primary of 1940. Dwight Griswold then went on to become governor of Nebraska. He was the state health director in 1941 and 1942. In 1942 he gave up his medical practices and ran for the Seventy-eighth congress. He was elected and then was reelected seven times (January 3, 1943–January 3, 1959) to represent Nebraska's 4th district in the House of Representatives as a Republican. During his time in the Eighty-third congress he was the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.