Mike is originally from Rock Island, Illinois. Early in his career, he worked at the Illinois Commerce Committee and taught at Illinois State University. He moved to the Washington, DC area in 1981. Since then, he has been employed in legislative/policy positions at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Resolution Trust Corporation, the U.S. General Services Administration and financial trade associations. He is currently involved in land use and zoning issues in Fairfax County, VA. His volunteer interests include serving as docent at local historic sites and presenting lectures on local (Fairfax County) history topics.