Heritage Ranking: 100%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 100%
Conservative Review Ranking: 100%
Mike Lee is the only Member of the United States Senate to receive a perfect score from Heritage Action, the American Conservative Union and Conservative Ranking Review.
Lee was born in Provo, Utah on June 4, 1971 and he is the son of Rex E. Lee, the founding dean of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Lee’s childhood was divided between Utah and Mclean, Virginia, where his father served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General from 1975 until 1976.
After graduating from Timpview High School, Provo, Utah, in 1989, Lee attended Brigham Young University as an undergraduate student, served as the president of BYUSA, and received a BS in political science in 1994.
Lee went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After finishing his clerkships, Lee joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sidley Austin, where he specialized in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.
Lee returned to Utah to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City, preparing briefs and arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He served as general counsel to Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. from January 2005 until June 2006, when he returned to Washington to serve a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Alito. Lee returned to private practice in Utah in 2007, joining the Salt Lake office of the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Howrey LLP, and focused on courtroom advocacy and constitutional law.
His political career began when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Lee won the general election on November 2, 2010 with 62% of the vote versus Democrat Sam Granato’s 33% and Constitution Party candidate Scott Bradley’s 6%. He is currently running for re-election in 2016.
During his tenure as U.S. Senator, Lee has sponsored 45 bills, some of which include a bill to cut federal spending, cap future spending increases, and to seek ratification of a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, a bill to reduce the tax rate on foreign earnings from 35% to 5%, and a bill to prohibit either chamber of Congress from modifying the debt ceiling unless a budget is in effect.
In his private life, Lee is married and is the father of three children and he lives in Alpine, Utah.
A factoid that many people do not know is that Lee is a second cousin to former U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and current U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, as well as former Senator Gordon H. Smith of Oregon.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
Subcommittee on Water and Power
Committee on Armed Services
Subcommittee on Personnel
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Joint Economic Committee
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