Mike Oxley
Oxley c. 2001
Chair of the House Financial Services Committee
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007
SpeakerDennis Hastert
Preceded byJim Leach
Succeeded byBarney Frank
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
In office
June 25, 1981 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byTennyson Guyer
Succeeded byJim Jordan
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 82nd district
In office
January 3, 1973 – June 25, 1981
Preceded byRobert D. Schuck
Succeeded byCharlie Earl
Personal details
Michael Garver Oxley

(1944-02-11)February 11, 1944
Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 2016(2016-01-01) (aged 71)
McLean, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpousePatricia Ann Oxley
Alma materMiami University (BA)
Ohio State University (JD)
OccupationFBI Agent, lawyer

Michael Garver Oxley (February 11, 1944 – January 1, 2016) was an American Republican politician and attorney who served as a U.S. Representative from the 4th congressional district of Ohio.

Early life and career

Oxley was born in Findlay, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1966 and a law degree from Ohio State University in 1969. He was a member of the Alpha chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Miami.

From 1969 to 1972, Oxley worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and became active in the Ohio Republican Party. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1973 to 1981.


Oxley with President Ronald Reagan in 1981
Oxley with President George W. Bush in 2002

Oxley was elected a U.S. Representative in 1981 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative Tennyson Guyer. Oxley began serving at this post in June 1981 in the 97th Congress.[1]

He served as the chairman of the Committee on Financial Services, and was House sponsor of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002, which enacted "sweeping post-Enron regulations of publicly traded companies."[2] He was also the House sponsor of a 2006 bill that condemned media outlets that had published information on a covert financial surveillance system.[3]

Oxley announced his retirement from Congress on November 1, 2005, effective at the end of his term in 2007. He was succeeded by Republican Jim Jordan.[4]

Post-congressional career

Following his retirement from Congress, Oxley was named a nonexecutive vice chairman for NASDAQ,[5] and a partner at the law firm of BakerHostetler in Washington, D.C.[2] He later became a lobbyist for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the "self-regulatory body of the securities industry."[6]

Oxley, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer around 2006, and became a member of the Lung Cancer Alliance board.[7] He died in McLean, Virginia, on January 1, 2016, from the disease.[8][9][10]


The Findlay post office is named for Oxley and the portion of U.S. Route 30 within Hancock County is designated "Congressman Michael G. Oxley Memorial Highway".[11][12]


  1. ^ Republican squeaks by in 4th District Congressional Race
  2. ^ a b Carney, Timothy (2010-01-11) Regulate your way to riches: Michael Oxley[permanent dead link], The Washington Examiner
  3. ^ "House GOP Chastises Media". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2020-12-15.
  4. ^ Files, John(2005-11-2)New York Times Ohio Republican To Retire
  5. ^ 2007-03-15 (Reuters) – Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. (NDAQ.O) on Thursday named former Congressman Michael G. Oxley, co-author of the Sarbanes-Oxley securities legislation, as nonexecutive vice chairman,
  6. ^ Carney, Timothy (2011-03-22) Regulate your way to riches: Oxley's new big client[permanent dead link], The Washington Examiner
  7. ^ "Ex-Rep. Mike Oxley Dies; Helped Create Post-Enron Law - ABC News". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2016-01-01.
  8. ^ Former Rep. Mike Oxley, co-author of post-Enron law, dies at 71, PBS NewsHour
  9. ^ Ex-Rep. Mike Oxley Dies; Helped Create Post-Enron Law Archived 2016-01-22 at archive.today, The Courier
  10. ^ "Mike Oxley died at age 71 after long battle with cancer". Archived from the original on 2019-10-13. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  11. ^ "5534.55 Congressman Michael G. Oxley Memorial Highway". Ohio Revised Code. LAW Writer. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Heigl, Jana (October 24, 2016). "Poll shows Trump, Clinton tied at 45% in Ohio". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byTennyson Guyer Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 4th congressional district June 25, 1981 – January 3, 2007 Succeeded byJim Jordan Political offices Preceded byJim LeachIowa Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee 2001–2007 Succeeded byBarney FrankMassachusetts