Craig McMichael

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Craig McMichael
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 8
High schoolOak Ridge High School
AssociateLone Star College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service10
Date of birthMay 3, 1977
ProfessionNetwork engineer
Campaign website
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Craig McMichael was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Texas.[1]


A Spring, Texas, native, McMichael graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1995.[2] He then joined the United States Marine Corps and served three combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.[3]

After 10 years in the military, McMichael was honorably discharged in 2006 and began working in the information and technology industry.[3] He earned his A.A. from Lone Star College System.[4] McMichael currently works at Right Click Technology as a system engineer.[5]

Military honors

McMichael earned the following military honors while serving in the United States Marine Corps:[3]

  • Three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals
  • Two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
  • Three sea service Deployment Ribbons
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Two Humanitarian Service Medals
  • Two National Defense Service Medals
  • Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations
  • Three Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations
  • Navy Unit Commendation


Campaign themes


McMichael listed the following issues on his campaign website:[6]

  • Budget: "Let us start each year at ZERO and require each government program to prove why they need the dollars they are allotted."
  • Taxes: "A little known fact is individual income taxes only make up 40% of the revenue in our country, let us try to cut that in half and give the people 540 billion dollars of their money back."
  • National security: "Maybe it is time for Congress to hold people accountable when they ignore federal law, and make federal employees follow the laws that Congress has passed. Enforcing these laws alone would help stop the flow of ILLEGAL immigrants across our borders."
Excerpts from campaign websites may contain spelling and grammatical errors



See also: Texas' 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

McMichael ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 8th District. McMichael was defeated by incumbent Kevin Brady in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[7]

U.S. House, Texas District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Brady Incumbent 68.3% 42,368
Craig McMichael 31.7% 19,687
Total Votes 62,055
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McMichael's reports.


McMichael lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Penny, and their three sons.[3]

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