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Mike Lee
Mike Lee.jpg
U.S. Senate, Utah
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorRobert Bennett (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
J.D.Brigham Young University School of Law
Date of birthJune 4, 1971
Place of birthMesa, AZ
Net worth$111,002
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Shumway "Mike" Lee (b. June 4, 1971) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate. Lee was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lee is a "far-right Republican".[1]


After earning his J.D., Lee was a law clerk to 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Samuel Alito. He went on to be an assistant U.S. attorney and then law clerk to Alito again as Supreme Court Justice.


  • 2011-present: U.S. Senate
  • 2005-2006: Counsel to Utah Governor John Huntsman

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Lee serves on the following Senate committees[2]:


Lee was a member of the following Senate committees[3]:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mike Lee (Utah) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Lee voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of five Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Nay3.png In March 2013 the U.S. Senate soundly rejected a balanced budget plan by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan (R).[6] Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.[6]

Lee was one of the five Senate Republicans who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[6]

The proposed budget would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[7]

Some tea party members of the GOP opposed the measure because of its reliance on $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy enacted in January 2013, in order to balance the budget.[6] Others in the Senate opposed the Ryan plan because of cuts from safety net programs for the poor and the inclusion of a plan to turn the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.[6]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[8][9][10]

Lee was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[11][12]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[13][14]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[15]


Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lee is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lee raised a total of $1,710,429 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[17]

Mike Lee (Utah)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Utah) Won $1,710,429
Grand Total Raised $1,710,429
Breakdown of the source of Lee's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Lee won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Lee's campaign committee raised a total of $1,710,429 and spent $1,650,993.[18]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lee missed 13 of 580 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[19]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lee paid his congressional staff a total of $1,693,693 in 2011. He ranks 8th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 8th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Utah ranks 43rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lee's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $52,004 and $170,000. That averages to $111,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 593.72% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Lee's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-117,995 and $149,997. That averages to $16,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[22]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Lee ranked 7th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Lee ranked 22nd in the conservative rankings.[24]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Lee voted with the Republican Party 74.6% of the time, which ranked 46 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[25]

Recent news

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Lee and his wife, Sharon, have three children.[3]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Mike Lee," Accessed May 2, 2013
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed November 23, 2011
  4. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee urges GOP to back Romney," March 25, 2012
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  7. Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  12. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  13. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  14. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Donor history for Mike Lee" Accessed April 25, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Utah Senate," Accessed November 23, 2011
  19. GovTrack, "Lee," Accessed April 11, 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Mike Lee"
  21., "Lee, (R-Utah), 2011"
  22., "Lee, (R-Utah), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Bennett
U.S. Senate - Utah
Succeeded by