K. Michael Conaway was first elected to Congress in November 2004 and he began representing the 11th district of Texas in January 2005. Serving in his sixth term, Mike has earned the reputation as “a conservative voice of reason” in Washington.
Mike’s background as a CPA affords him the experience and skills necessary to be a vocal proponent in reducing the national debt. Utilizing skills gained from a long career in the private sector, Mike spends much of his time carefully evaluating legislation with a critical eye for spending and budget gimmicks.
As a grandfather seven times over, Mike is concerned about the future we are leaving to the next generation. As an advocate of a simpler and fairer tax system, he has sponsored legislation that would bring more accountability in government funding.
To ensure Congress starts making tough choices now Mike authored “No New Programs” legislation that directs Congress to offset any newly introduced federal program with the elimination of an existing program of equal or greater cost. This idea was eventually incorporated into the House Rules at the start of the 112th Congress and the House now holds all legislation considered for a vote to this standard as a result of Mike’s efforts.
Born in Borger and raised in Odessa, Mike’s experiences as the son of an Army veteran turned oil field worker convinced him at an early age to dedicate his life to hard work and to the protection of freedom. Mike’s strong work ethic and drive for success flourished as a member of the 1965 State Champion Permian Panthers.
After graduating in 1970 from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas with a bachelor’s in accounting, Mike enlisted in the US Army reserve. Following his service, Mike worked in both the public and private sector in multiple roles, including chief financial officer at a bank and chair of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
In Congress, Mike currently serves as the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and sits on both the Intelligence and Armed Services Committees.
As a member of the Intelligence and Armed Services Committees, Mike put his experience and expertise as an auditor to work, chairing a panel charged with paving the way for the Department of Defense (DoD) to get their financial books in order. As a fiscal conservative, he knows that no federal agency will be immune from tight budgets in the coming years and DoD must continue to find efficiencies where available. Mike has championed audit issues since coming to Congress so that policy makers can better oversee the Department and so that taxpayers know exactly what they are getting for their money.
As Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Mike advocates for farmers, ranchers, consumers, and rural communities, while ensuring that all programs under the jurisdiction of the committee are fiscally responsible. Mike’s focus is strengthening the nation’s agriculture economy, and he was instrumental in the passage of both the 2008 and 2012 farm bills. Mike’s conservative values drive his commitment to sound farm policies and the importance of protecting taxpayer dollars.
A proud representative of one of the most oil-rich regions in the country, Mike was actively involved in lifting the antiquated ban on crude oil exports. Ultimately, legislation he sponsored passed Congress and was signed into law last December.
Mike and his wife Suzanne reside in Midland, Texas. Their family includes two sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren.