Michael S. Lee

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.

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 Chairman of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee protecting business competition and personal freedom.

He also oversees issues critical to Utah as the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He serves on the Armed Services Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, as well.

In the 114th Congress, Lee also began his tenure as Chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, where he works with his Republican colleagues in the Senate to introduce bold and innovative solutions to issues facing the American people.

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.



  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (JD, 1997), magna cum laude
  • Brigham Young University (BA, 1994), cum laude
Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
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2015 National Lawyers Convention

2015 National Lawyers Convention

The Role of Congress

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC 20036
Speakers:
Sandra AistarsAkhil Reed AmarJohn S. BakerCarlos T. BeaHoward L. BermanKeith BlackwellFran├žois-Henri BriardSam BrownbackJames L. BuckleyMichael A. CarvinJames W. CeaserNeil ChatterjeeSalen ChuriEric R. ClaeysTom A. CoburnSteven CollotonEarl W. ComstockTom CottonJan CrawfordStephen CrimminsNathan DealChristopher C. DeMuthNeal E. DevinsColin DueckSteven J. DuffieldJohn F. DuffyFrank H. EasterbrookJohn C. EastmanW. Neil EgglestonRichard A. EpsteinMiguel EstradaLouis FisherBenjamin H. FriedmanRobert P. GeorgePhil GrammTodd P. GravesC. Boyden GrayMichael S. GreveThomas B. GriffithAndrew GrossmanRaymond GruenderOrrin HatchJeanne M. HauchTara HelfmanBrian H. HookMichael HunterEdith H. JonesEdward T. KangNeal K. KatyalBrett M. KavanaughF. Scott KieffStephen R. KleinAlex KozinskiWilliam KristolJoan LarsenAdam LaxaltRoslyn LaytonFrances E. LeeMichael S. LeeCraig S. LernerGordon LloydArthur LoevyTim LynchJohn G. MalcolmWilliam P. MarshallDavid MayhewJohn O. McGinnisFrank MedinaGillian E. MetzgerDavid B. MuhlhausenDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainDavid S. OlsonMichael S. PaulsenKaren Shaw PetrouTodd PettysRichard PildesBettina PoirierKirsten PowersScott PruittWilliam H. PryorRobert QuinnArti K. RaiA. Raymond RandolphNeomi RaoJohn N. RaudabaughPete RickettsDavid B. RivkinNicholas A. RobinsonMike J. RogersNicholas Quinn RosenkranzPaul RyanTuan SamahonBill SamuelWilliam L. SaundersMark SchneiderDavid S. SchoenbrodDavid B. SentelleDarpana ShethJerry E. SmithJames A. SonneDavid StrasGeorge J. TerwilligerMichael P. TremoglieJonathan R. TurleyMichael UhlmannJ.W. VerretJ.W. VerretEugene VolokhHans A. von SpakovskyScott WalkerMatthew Lee WienerGeorge F. WillRobert L. WoodsonRobert P. YoungPeter R. Zeidenberg
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
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