While in North Carolina, Michael attended 71st Senior High School, graduating in 1971. In 1975, Michael graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. In 1996, Michael was commissioned an officer in the US Army. In 1994, he graduated from the Naval War College with a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies.
As a career intelligence officer, he spent over 16 years in numerous military, government, and civilian positions overseas, to include Germany, The Netherlands, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Korea. After his military career, he worked in several corporate endeavors, such as the resort industry, pharmaceuticals, and defense contracting.
Michael has been a Republican and active supporter all his adult life, believing in the tenants of the party and supporting it goals and policies. He is a strong constitutional conservative and Christian who believes in America and its citizenry. He believes that Republicans must work together to support our country and its core values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He believes that a critical purpose of the GOP is to select and promote qualified candidates/nominees to key positions within our local, state, and federal governing bodies. He welcomes conservatives from all walks of life to join to build and protect our Republic.
Michael and his bride, Mary, of 35 years, moved to Page County in 2017 to make their home in Jewell Hollow.