|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Nebraska's 1st district
|Assumed office |
July 12, 2022
|Preceded by||Jeff Fortenberry|
|Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature|
January 3, 2007 – January 9, 2013
|Preceded by||Kermit Brashear|
|Succeeded by||Greg Adams|
|Member of the Nebraska Legislature|
from the 19th district
January 6, 2021 – July 11, 2022
|Preceded by||Jim Scheer|
|Succeeded by||Rob Dover|
January 5, 2005 – January 9, 2013
|Preceded by||Gene Tyson|
|Succeeded by||Jim Scheer|
Michael John Flood
February 23, 1975
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Education||University of Notre Dame (BA)|
University of Nebraska, Lincoln (JD)
Michael John Flood (born February 23, 1975) is an American attorney, businessman, and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district since July 2022. 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.
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.
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.
As of 2022, he owned eight radio stations and seven television stations in Nebraska. In 2015, Flood founded the News Channel Nebraska network, which all television and radio stations participate in. 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. 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. Flood is also a named partner in Norfolk-based law firm, Jewell Collins & Flood.
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. In 2010, he was named to Time's "40 Under 40" list as one of the rising stars in American politics.
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.
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. He was unopposed in the 2020 election, and returned to the Legislature for the 2021 legislative session.
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. Fortenberry resigned from office on March 31, 2022, following a felony conviction. 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, which he won by a narrower than expected margin.
Flood is running for reelection in November against Democratic nominee Patty Pansing Brooks, whom he faced in the June 28, 2022 special election. 
Flood was sworn into office by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on July 12, 2022. On July 19, 2022, Flood voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would have nationally legalized same-sex marriage. On July 21, 2022, Flood voted against the Right to Contraception Act.
On August 12, 2022, Flood voted against the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
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