Mike was appointed to fill the unexpired term vacated by the death of Council Member Ward 3, Bill Orr. He was born and raised in Durant. He is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. He and his wife Lynn have 2 adult children, Mike and Randall. He graduated from Durant High School and has a BS and Masters Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is retired with 40 years experience in Education, including Coaching, Teaching, Principal at Robert E. Lee Elementary, and served as Executive Director of Schools in Durant. He has previously served on the Durant City Facility Authority Board.