- M.B.A. from Minnesota State University, 1994
- M.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison,1984
- B.A. from Augsburg College, 1977
- A.A. from Bethany Lutheran College, 1975
Business and economics. Shoop also enjoys history.
- Bethany Lutheran College, 1981-present
- Annandale High School, 1977-1981
Born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, Shoop is a Chicago Cubs, Bulls, and Bears fan. Shoop has three children and five grandchildren. He also enjoys traveling and has recently visited Chile, Argentina, China, France, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. The latest books he's read include "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O’Reilly, "Boomerang" by Michael Lewis, and "Boss" by Mike Royko.