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Hon. Michael S. Lee

United States Senator, Utah

Elected in 2010 as Utah's 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the basic liberties of Americans and Utahns as a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles.

Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early on. His father, Rex Lee, who served as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan, would often discuss varied aspects of judicial and constitutional doctrine around the kitchen table, from Due Process to the uses of Executive Plenary Power. He attended most of his father's arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique, hands-on experience and understanding of government up close.

Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and served as BYU's Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU's Law School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court.

Lee spent several years as an attorney with the law firm Sidley & Austin specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Lee served the state of Utah as Governor Jon Huntsman's General Counsel and was later honored to reunite with Justice Alito, now on the Supreme Court, for a one-year clerkship. He returned to private practice in 2007.

Throughout his career, Lee earned a reputation as an outstanding practitioner of the law based on his sound judgment, abilities in the courtroom, and thorough understanding of the Constitution.

Today, Lee fights to preserve America's proud founding document in the United States Senate. He advocates efforts to support constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic prosperity.

Lee is a member of the Judiciary Committee, and serves as ranking Member of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee protecting business competition and personal freedom.

He also oversees issues critical to Utah as the top Republican on the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He serves on the Foreign Relations Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, as well.

Lee and his wife Sharon live in Alpine, Utah, with their three children. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission for the Church in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Education
  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (JD, 1997), magna cum laude
  • Brigham Young University (BA, 1994), cum laude
Publications and Multimedia
Keynote Remarks by Senator Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
Criminal Law and the Administrative State: Defining and Enforcing Regulatory Crimes
June 11, 2014
Welcome & Opening Address by Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Debt Ceiling Deadline - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
October 14, 2013
March 2013 DC Luncheon with Michael S. Lee - Event Audio/Video
Washington, DC Lawyers Chapter
March 15, 2013
Address by Senator Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Address by Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
March 03, 2012
Address by Senator Mike Lee - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011
Address by Senator-Elect Michael S. Lee - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010