Mike Gallagher (American politician)

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Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher official portrait, 115th congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Reid Ribble
Personal details
Born (1984-03-03) March 3, 1984 (age 33)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Green Bay, Wisconsin
Alma mater Princeton University (BA)
Georgetown University (MA, Ph.D)
Occupation Senior global market strategist
Website House website
Military service
Service/branch Marines
Rank Captain

Michael John Gallagher (born March 3, 1984) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. He was elected in the 2016 elections and took office on January 3, 2017.

Early years[edit]


Gallagher was a United States Marine Corps officer, serving seven years of active duty (2006–2013).[1] He twice deployed to the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, serving on General Petraeus' CENTCOM Assessment Team as a commander of intelligence teams. He assessed American military strategy in the Middle East and Central Asia while as a counterintelligence officer, and member of the CENTCOM (Central Command) assessment team.


He earned his B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs / Near Eastern Studies, at Princeton University, 2002–2006. He earned his MSSI (Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence), at National Intelligence University, 2009–2010. He studied at Georgetown University 2010–2015, earning his Ph.D., Government – International Relations, 2010–2015; M.A., Government, 2011–2013; and M.A., Security Studies, 2010–2012. [2]

Political career[edit]

Gallagher served as a Republican staffer on the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, hired Gallagher as a foreign policy advisor in February 2015, in preparation for his 2016 presidential campaign.[3]

After Walker dropped out of the presidential race, Gallagher worked as a senior marketing strategist for Breakthrough Fuel, a supply-chain management company. The firm's CEO hired Gallagher after hearing him speak about national security at a business luncheon. Gallagher was looking for additional work as an adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay when twenty Green Bay area business people signed a letter urging him to run for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district seat, for which Reid Ribble was not seeking re-election.[4][5] Gallagher won a primary against Wisconsin state senator Frank Lasee and Forestville village president Terry McNulty.[6] Gallagher then squared off against Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson in the general election.

During the campaign, Nelson ran an ad saying that Gallagher's failure to denounce certain statements by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump was a sign of a lack of moral courage. Gallagher replied with his own ad, in which he pointed out that Nelson was questioning the moral courage of a Marine who had done two combat tours.[7] In the end, Gallagher won the election 63 percent to 36 percent, a larger margin than the 16 percent margin that the race was polled at in August 2016.[8]

Committee assignments and caucus memberships[edit]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships


Gallagher has said that his top issues are cutting regulations on businesses and simplifying the tax code, improving national security by building up the nation's military, attacking radical Islamic terrorists and supporting the country's allies, especially Israel, reducing the nation's debt by cutting spending, and increasing revenue through economic growth.[11]


  1. ^ Adam Rodewald (September 16, 2016). "Mike Gallagher takes aim at career politicians". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mike Gallagher". Retrieved July 9, 2017 – via LinkedIn. 
  3. ^ Darren Samuelsohn (February 18, 2015). "Walker hires domestic, foreign policy advisers". Politico. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mike Gallagher candidacy announcement". WFRV-TV. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  5. ^ Rodewald, Adam; Mike Gallagher takes aim at career politicians; Greenbay Gazette; September 16, 2016; http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/09/16/mike-gallagher-takes-aim-career-politicians/89787538/
  6. ^ Jeff Bollier (August 9, 2016). "Gallagher wins GOP race for 8th District". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  7. ^ Jason Stein (October 27, 2016). "Nelson, Gallagher say the other lacks courage". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  8. ^ Adam Rodewald; Madeleine Behr (November 9, 2016). "Mike Gallagher wins 8th Congressional District". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  11. ^ Rodewald, Adam; Mike Gallagher takes aim at career politicians; Green Bay Press-Gazette; September 16, 2016; http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/09/16/mike-gallagher-takes-aim-career-politicians/89787538/

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Reid Ribble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district

January 3, 2017 – present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Matt Gaetz
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Thomas Garrett Jr.