Mike Flood
Mike Flood 117th Congress.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st district
Assumed office
July 12, 2022
Preceded byJeff Fortenberry
Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 9, 2013
Preceded byKermit Brashear
Succeeded byGreg Adams
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 19th district
In office
January 6, 2021 – July 11, 2022
Preceded byJim Scheer
Succeeded byRob Dover
In office
January 5, 2005 – January 9, 2013
Preceded byGene Tyson
Succeeded byJim Scheer
Personal details
Born
Michael John Flood

(1975-02-23) February 23, 1975 (age 47)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMandi Flood
Children2 sons
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Michael John Flood (born February 23, 1975)[1] is an American attorney, businessman, and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district since July 2022.[2] He previously served two stints as a member of the Nebraska Legislature from the 19th district, from 2005 to 2013 and 2021 to 2022. He served as speaker of the Legislature from 2007 to 2013.

Early life and education

Born in Omaha, Flood was raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. In 1993, he graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in Norfolk, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2001.

Career

Flood worked at a Norfolk radio station in high school. At the University of Notre Dame, he operated and hosted a show on the campus's radio station. After graduation, he worked as "Sideshow Mike" on WBYT's morning show for a year. Upon his return to Nebraska, he worked as a radio personality at Lincoln-based country station KFGE. In 1999, during his second year of law school, he launched KUSO as the first station in what would become Flood Communications.[3]

As of 2022, he owned eight radio stations and seven television stations in Nebraska.[4][5] In 2015, Flood founded the News Channel Nebraska network, which all television and radio stations participate in.[6] NCN is Nebraska's only 24-hour news channel. Flood no longer solely owns the stations but sold portions of the company to in-state investors.[7] In addition to being the operator of News Channel Nebraska, he was on-air talent, acting as a news reporter and hosting the variety show Quarantine Tonight during the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] Flood is also a named partner in Norfolk-based law firm, Jewell Collins & Flood.[9]

Nebraska Legislature

Flood speaking at the Walk for Life in Lincoln, Nebraska in January 2022
Flood speaking at the Walk for Life in Lincoln, Nebraska in January 2022

In 2004, Flood ran for a seat in the Nebraska Legislature, representing the 19th legislative district, which was coterminous with Madison County and included Norfolk. The incumbent, Gene Tyson, was retiring; Flood ran unopposed for the seat.[10][11][12] In 2010, he was named to Time's "40 Under 40" list as one of the rising stars in American politics.[13]

Flood left the Nebraska Legislature in 2013 due to term limits. He initially announced that he would run for governor in 2014, but then withdrew out of the race in December 2012 after his wife's breast cancer diagnosis.[14]

In August 2019, Flood announced he would re-run for office for the 2020 cycle in the 19th district, replacing Jim Scheer who was termed out. Nebraska term limits only restrict consecutive terms.[15] He was unopposed in the 2020 election,[16] and returned to the Legislature for the 2021 legislative session.[17]

U. S. House of Representatives

Elections

2022 special election

See also: 2022 Nebraska's 1st congressional district special election

On January 16, 2022, Flood announced his candidacy in the 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska, challenging the incumbent Republican Jeff Fortenberry to represent Nebraska's 1st congressional district.[18] Fortenberry resigned from office on March 31, 2022, following a felony conviction.[19] Fortenberry's resignation necessitated a special election, for which the Nebraska Republican Party selected Flood as its nominee. He faced Democratic nominee Patty Pansing Brooks in the election,[20] which he won by a narrower than expected margin.

2022

See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska

Flood is running for reelection in November against Democratic nominee Patty Pansing Brooks, whom he faced in the June 28, 2022 special election. [21]

Tenure

Flood was sworn into office by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on July 12, 2022.[22] On July 19, 2022, Flood voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would have nationally legalized same-sex marriage.[23] On July 21, 2022, Flood voted against the Right to Contraception Act.[24]

On August 12, 2022, Flood voted against the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Rep. Mike Flood (R-Nebraska, 1st)". Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  2. ^ "MIKE FLOOD WINS NEBRASKA CONGRESSIONAL SEAT". kscj.com. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  3. ^ "Mike Flood". northeast.newschannelnebraska.com. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame class to be honored at Norfolk Catholic". Norfolk Daily News. April 19, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "From stunt man to state senator". Unicameral Update. January 26, 2005. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "News Channel Nebraska Expands Rural Coverage With TriCaster". NewTek. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Independent, JEFF BAHR, The. "News Channel Nebraska proud of its connection to rural, Hispanic viewers". The Grand Island Independent. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Bureau, Paul Hammel World-Herald. "'Quarantine Tonight' show, Facebook concerts a hit with Nebraskans stuck at home". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  9. ^ Nebraska State Bar search https://www.nebar.com/members/?id=26357871. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Nebraska Blue Book 2004–05; p. 308 for Flood's representing 19th district; p. 294 for map showing location of district. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "Legislature losing 74 years of experience next year". Fremont Tribune. April 10, 2004. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Warneke, Kent. "Flood to face challenge in his bid for re-election". Norfolk Daily News. March 4, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  13. ^ Star, JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal. "Nebraska Legislature Speaker Flood one of Time's '40 under 40'". JournalStar.com. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
  14. ^ Tallan, Erika (December 6, 2012). "Mike Flood Leaving Race for Nebraska Governor". Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV.
  15. ^ Guenther, Jerry. "Former senator, attorney and broadcaster getting back into politics". The Norfolk Daily News. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "Legislative Races Range From Close To Nonexistent." NET Nebraska. October 6, 2020. [1]
  17. ^ Schulte, Grant. "Nebraska lawmakers preserve secret committee chair votes." Midland Daily News. January 21, 2021.[2]
  18. ^ "Flood challenges Fortenberry, says indictment puts House seat at risk".
  19. ^ "Nebraska Rep. Fortenberry says he will resign following conviction for lying to FBI". NPR. March 26, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  20. ^ "Nebraska GOP picks Mike Flood as special election candidate". 10/11 Now. April 9, 2022. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  21. ^ admin (July 11, 2022). "Flood resigns from Legislature to join U.S. House". Unicameral Update. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  22. ^ "Mike Flood sworn in to U.S. House of Representatives". Nebraska Public Media. July 12, 2022. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  23. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (July 19, 2022). "Roll Call 373 Roll Call 373, Bill Number: H. R. 8404, 117th Congress, 2nd Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  24. ^ Manning, Kathy E. (July 21, 2022). "Text - H.R.8373 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Right to Contraception Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved September 1, 2022.
  25. ^ "Mike Flood talks FBI search, Inflation Reduction Act; says he's open to debates". KMTV. August 12, 2022. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
Political offices Preceded byKermit Brashear Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature 2007–2013 Succeeded byGreg Adams U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJeff Fortenberry Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Nebraska's 1st congressional district 2022–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byMayra Flores United States representatives by seniority 428th Succeeded byBrad Finstad