A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 12 in the 2010 Washington General Election
Elected Experience: Wenatchee School Board 1997-2001; Washington State Legislature 2001-present
Other Professional Experience: Current External Affairs Director for Port of Chelan County; Owned and operated general contracting business
Education: Eastmont High School graduated 1976; Wenatchee Valley College 1976-1978
Community Service: 2009 Washington State County Auditors Legislator of the year; 2009 Public School Employees Legislator of the year; State Parks 2009 appreciation award; Central Washington Grain Growers Legislator of the Decade 2008; Business Institute 2008 Legislative Star award; 2008 Spirit of Democracy; Underground Utilitiess Association 2006 Legislator of the year; Washington Healthcare Association 2005 Legislator of the year; YMCA Strong Kids, Families and Communities 2005 award
Statement: Mike is a fourth generation Wenatchee Valley resident. Mike and his wife Mary have been married for 31 years and have three grown children, Abe, Cassandra and Maureen. He is in his fifth term serving the citizens of the 12th Legislative District. Mike's leadership in bringing Eastern Washington issues to Olympia has been recognized throughout the State as evident by his numerous legislative awards. He has a strong working relationship with Legislators across the entire State of Washington. Mike is currently the ranking member on both the Transportation and State Government Committees and has held two leadership positions.