Biography of Congressman Mike Ross
Mike Ross, of
Prescott, was first elected to the United States Congress in 2000 and is
currently serving his third term.
Mike has been appointed to the powerful House Committee on
Energy and Commerce. Ross was
also appointed by Speaker Dennis Hastert to serve on the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s
Parliamentary Assembly (NATO-PA), where he represents the United States
at meetings of the 26 NATO-member countries.
Mike is a member of the
Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democratic House Members,
and has been elected by his colleagues to serve as Whip.
A fifth-generation Arkansan, Mike was born in Texarkana, Arkansas. He is
the son of public school educators and is married to the former Holly Hempen
of Texarkana. They have two children, Sydney, age 18, and Alex, age 14.
Mike and Holly own a family pharmacy and home medical equipment business in
Prescott and are active members of the First United Methodist Church.
In 1990, Mike was elected, at age 29, as the youngest member of the Arkansas
State Senate, where he served for ten years. In 2005, Mike was named
Citizen of the Year in his hometown by the Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of
Commerce. That same year, he also received the Distinguished Citizen
Award from the DeSoto Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
Mike is a graduate of Hope High School in Hope, Arkansas, and the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He worked his way through
college as a radio announcer. He is also a former member of the Nevada
County Quorum Court.
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