• Political Ideology:Democrat
  • Religion:Methodist
  • Date of Birth:01/18/1952 (68)
  • Born In:Gas City, Indiana
  • MILITARY: Prior to getting his college degrees, Mike served in the US Marine Corps and is a Vietnam Veteran. Upon returning from overseas, Mike served in HMX-1, the President's Helicopter Squadron based in Quantico, Virginia.
  • FAMILY:Mike is married to Jill, a teacher and Language Arts Specialist at Nimitz High School. They have two adult daughters and two adult sons and three grandchildren. Mike and Jill have lived in Graystone Hills in Conroe for 10 years.

After leaving military service in April 1973, I immediately entered Indiana University-Bloomington where I took a full load of classes that summer to begin to catch up to others my age.  I graduated with a double-major in Political Science and Forensic Studies/Police Administration in January 1977.  I also had earned a secondary teaching certificate in social studies.  Once again, my timing could have been better as I was now entering the job market during another recession, this time due to the oil crisis.

I applied for over 100 positions throughout the country and finally was hired in Rock Springs, Wyoming to teach American Government and Criminal Justice. While teaching in  Wyoming, I served as Vice-President of the Wyoming  State Council of Social Studies, organized the Close-Up  State Program for high school students from across  the state, became a member of the National Close-Up  Advisory Board, attended two Taft Institutes of  Government at the University of Wyoming, and was  named a fellow at the John F. Kennedy Harvard School of Government in Foreign Affairs. I also attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming.

In 1978 I became girls’ gymnastics coach but quickly moved into the head golf coach position as soon as it became available. Golf is my passion and I was trained under the legendary golf coach at Brigham Young University, Karl Tucker.  As golf coach I was also in charge of transportation, so I learned all about the state of Wyoming firsthand as it was not unusual to drive 200-300 miles on a weekend to play in tournaments.

By 1983 I had three young children.  When it snowed in June at the state golf championships, my wife and I decided to relocate our family to a warmer climate.  We moved to the Houston area when I was offered a teaching position here.  I began teaching Government and Economics at Elsik High School in Alief in 1983 and eventually taught in the Advanced Placement program in both subjects.  During this time, I served as a reader for the AP Government and Politics Exam in both Daytona Beach and Salt Lake City. I was named Elsik High School Teacher of the Year in 1993.   During this time, I continued my higher education at Texas A&M, UT-Austin, UT-Pan Am, Rice, and the University of Houston where I received a teaching certificate in economics.

My involvement with youth through sports continued as I coached golf in Alief.  I also was a UIL high school basketball referee and softball umpire.  When the UIL adopted girls’ softball as a sanctioned sport I became the first softball coach at Elsik High School.

In 2003, my wife, Jill, got a job in Austin ISD as a language arts administrator.  We moved to Austin and I took a position at the new International High School teaching new immigrants.  I quickly began interacting with students from all over the world, teaching them English and social studies.  The language barriers were difficult to overcome, but together we all were introduced to a mixture of English, Urdu, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic that led to some interesting experiences.  The students and I found we could communicate despite language and cultural barriers because we worked together and saw this as a unique learning opportunity.  Those practical lessons helped me in my interpersonal interactions and my listening skills sharpened.  My experience in Austin was extremely positive.

We returned to Houston in 2006 when Jill and I were both hired by Aldine ISD.  She eventually became a Language Arts Specialist and I became the Social Studies Department Chair.  I continued to teach Government, Economics and Advanced Placement and continued my coaching career as head golf coach for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.  After 40 years in education I retired and became a substitute teacher in Conroe ISD until I decided to devote myself full-time to political causes here in Montgomery County.

I have been active in politics and campaigning for 60 years.  I come from a labor union family that instilled values such as a strong work ethic and job loyalty in me from an early age.  I choose the candidates I want to actively support sparingly, but that support is unwavering.

My first involvement in politics was when I was eight years old and my cousin was running for mayor of our small town in Indiana. I helped by distributing flyers around town and my cousin won the election.  This was true democracy in action, and I was hooked.  Later that same year I continued my political duties by distributing campaign flyers at a rally for John F. Kennedy.

In 1968, while in high school, I block walked for Birch Bayh and again in 1974 while in college – both were successful Senate campaigns.  Bayh was a major political influence in my life.  I saw him combine his ability to listen to his constituents with his ability to reach a consensus among politicians across the spectrum, and I learned from him.  Bayh wrote the 25th Amendment, the Equal Rights Amendment, and Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Any one of these accomplishments would be a full and successful career for most politicians but he did all three.

While in Wyoming starting in 1978, I became involved in local and state politics.   I was selected twice as a Robert A. Taft Institute of Government fellow at the University of Wyoming.  I was also selected to receive a fellowship to attend the JFK Harvard School of Government Seminar on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C.   I ran for State Representative in 1980 and in 1982 and worked with Rodger McDaniel in his unsuccessful 1982 campaign to unseat Senator Malcolm Wallop.  In 1984 I attended the State Democratic Convention as a Gary Hart delegate.  I have actively supported and campaigned for every Democratic Presidential nominee since Bill Clinton in 1992.

In Montgomery County, in 2018 I followed Michael Hayles as the Democratic nominee for State Representative in House District 16 and in 2020 I am proud to be the Democratic nominee for County Commissioner in Precinct 1 in Montgomery County. I am the current chair of Montgomery County Precinct 40.  I also serve on the Texas State Democratic Party Executive Committee and I am a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

I grew up in Indiana and was the first in my family to go to college.  My father was an ironworker and my mother stayed at home to raise my sister and me. Unfortunately, I graduated high school at the height of the 1970 recession.  My options were limited – my draft number was 75 and I could not get a job to pay for college.  Seeing an opportunity to improve myself, get some life experience, do my duty to my country, and earn GI Bill benefits to help pay for college, I joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

After basic training at MCRD San Diego, I was stationed at Camp Pendleton for infantry training and school.   I graduated 2nd in my class.  My next stop was Iwakuni, Japan where I was assigned to Marine Corps Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VMCJ-1) in Marine Air Group-15, 1st Marine Air Wing. During my 14-month tour overseas, I served in Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Vietnam. While serving in VMCJ-1, I earned a Meritorious Unit Citation and my Vietnam Service Medal. I also received a commendation letter for being the top computer entry (unit diary) input specialist in the WestPac theatre.  Upon returning to the United States, I was privileged to be chosen to serve in HMX-1, the “President’s Helicopter Squadron,” Headquarters Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia.

In April 1973 I became an NCO and in May I applied for and received an early-out so I could finally go to college.  I had accomplished every goal I had set for myself when I had joined the Marines and I felt I was ready for the challenges of college and the next chapter of my life.