Inspired by President Ronald Reagan’s vision of “American Exceptionalism”, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating high school, became an Army Ranger, and served in combat during the Gulf War. After the Gulf War, Mike joined a “Hot Shot” firefighting crew, and risked his life battling wildfires across the Rocky Mountain West.
Mike went on to serve as the Republican leader in the Colorado Senate, and led the fight for conservative reform against a liberal majority. In the Senate, Mike authored the law to allow Colorado to opt-out of ObamaCare and led the first effort in half a century to completely overhaul state government to end job-killing regulations, cut spending, and reduce taxes. He passed a ten million dollar tax cut and is known as one of the strongest taxpayer watchdogs in Colorado.
Mike and his wife, Shannon, have four children and live in Golden.