Mike was born and raised in Waterloo and is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a partner at the Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman law firm, with a practice concentrated in business law. He and his wife, Dodie, have three sons, ages 3, 5 and 7. In 2007 Mike was elected to the Waterloo School Board and has served as Board President since 2010. In that position, he has come to learn about the vital role the UNI College of Education plays in PK-12 education throughout Iowa.