Mike is a dedicated husband and father of four, as well as a constitutional law attorney who has devoted his life and career to fighting for the fundamental freedoms and traditional values that have always been a priority to the people of Louisiana. Prior to his election to Congress, for nearly 20 years, Mike successfully litigated high profile constitutional law cases in district and appellate courts nationwide. He is widely recognized as a leading defender of the right to life, religious liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment and free market principles.
Mike has solidified his distinguished reputation as a principled, full-spectrum conservative as the representative for Louisiana’s Fourth District. He has also been a trusted ally of President Donald Trump and has been honored to receive his endorsement.
After less than four years on Capitol Hill, Mike was elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference – one of seven elected leadership positions for Republicans in the House of Representatives and the fourth-highest ranking position in the Republican Conference. As Vice Chair, Mike helps lead his colleagues in fighting for core conservative principles by communicating these policies and ideas to the American public.
Prior to his role as Vice Chair, Mike was elected by his colleagues to lead the largest caucus of conservatives in Congress—the Republican Study Committee. For nearly a half century, RSC has been considered “the intellectual arsenal” and the policy shop for conservatives in the House of Representatives. Under Mike’s leadership, RSC is developing the conservative playbook for when Republicans retake control of the House.
In Congress, Mike was appointed to the prestigious House Judiciary Committee which handles important oversight responsibilities such as the questioning of key Biden Administration figures like Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Mike was chosen to be the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
Mike also serves on the House Armed Services Committee, representing the many servicemen and women who live in Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District. In 2021, Mike was able to secure hundreds of millions in strategic federal investments for Louisiana’s military installations, creating good paying jobs for Louisianians, supporting our servicemembers, and bolstering our national defense in an increasingly unstable world.
Mike was elected to the state legislature twice without opposition and served in the Louisiana House from February 2015 to January 2017, before being elected to Congress. As a state legislator, he received top awards from business and industry, limited government, and pro-life and pro-family groups.
The eldest son of a Shreveport firefighter who was critically burned and permanently disabled in the line of duty, Mike learned early on the values of hard work, honor and sacrifice. He has a practical understanding of the challenges that small business owners face because he, like his parents and grandparents, was one himself. Mike has also served as a conservative talk radio host and columnist, a media spokesman for America’s largest religious liberty organizations, a college professor and constitutional law seminar instructor, and a board member for national organizations and numerous community groups and ministries.
Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1998, and earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 1995.
Mike and his wife Kelly, a Licensed Christian Counselor and former school teacher from Webster Parish, have been married since 1999 and have four children, Hannah, Abigail, Jack and Will. Today, they reside in Bossier Parish.