John L. Mica (born January 27, 1943) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 7th congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, starting January 3, 2011.
Early life, education and career
Mica was born in Binghamton, New York, but grew up in Florida and was educated at Miami Edison High School, Miami-Dade Community College and the University of Florida. He is a member of Delta Chi Fraternity and earned an education degree.
Mica had been a businessman, serving in capacities in the real estate, telecommunications, government affairs, and consulting fields.
Early political career
Mica was a member of the Florida House of Representatives for two terms from 1976 to 1980. There he served on several committees and was a leading Republican on the powerful Appropriations Committee. He was a staff member for Senator Paula F. Hawkins from 1981 to 1985, rising to become her chief of staff. After returning to private industry, he ran for Congress in 1992.
U.S. House of Representatives
Mica has gained a reputation for being a strong supporter of Amtrak reform. He also lists himself as a strong supporter of military issues. After the September 11th attacks, Mica was chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and helped to oversee reforms within the industry related to safety and preventing terrorist activities. The Orlando Sentinel named Mica the 4th most powerful person in Central Florida.
Mica ran unopposed in 2004 and was reelected.
Despite the huge gains made by Democrats during the 2006 elections, Mica's seat remained safe. Jack Chagnon, a former teacher and Marine officer, launched a tough campaign, but was unable to unseat the conservative incumbent in this heavily Republican district.
Mica's base salary in Congress is $165,000. His financial disclosure sheet for 2005 showed assets of between $2.6 and $4.7 million, additional income between $37,000 and $130,000.
Mica defeated Democratic candidate Faye Armitage 62% to 38% in the 2008 congressional elections.
Mica defeated Democratic nominee Heather Beaven and Florida Whig Party nominee Stephen J. Bacon.
Mica is married to Patricia, a school teacher, and has two grown children. He lives in Winter Park, Florida. He is the brother of former Representative Daniel A.
Mica, while his other brother, David is a former ranking staffer with Senator Lawton Chiles. He is a member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, and the Coast Guard Academy Board of Visitors.
October 12th, 2011