During his tenure in Congress, Mike dedicated himself to strengthening our nation's transportation and infrastructure systems, with special emphasis on maintaining America's ports and waterways.
Mike served on the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. This powerful subcommittee is responsible for funding all civil projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as portions of the Department of Interior, most of the Department of Energy, Tennessee Valley Authority, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Appalachian Regional Commission, and a number of other independent federal agencies.
While in Congress, he also served on the Budget, Transportation, Education and Veterans Affairs Committees.
Following his congressional career, President George W. Bush appointed Mike as Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, where he had oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Before entering public service, Mike owned funeral homes, insurance companies, land and timber companies, and a sand, clay and gravel business.
Mike is a graduate of William Carey College and is the son of the Reverend Paul Parker.