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Michael's Biography

Learning the value of hard work and dedication at a young age, Michael was taking odd jobs in his neighborhood such as mowing lawns and shoveling snow. He delivered papers for the Oshkosh Northwestern by the age of 12. Even at a young age, he identified himself with words such as loyal, honest, and dependable, making deals with a handshake and a person’s word of honor.

Michael graduated from Oshkosh North High School and attended UW-Oshkosh. Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit continued to grow, moving into his adult career as a stock broker for Carl Henning Investments at the age of 21. He later became an investment advisor at Robert W. Baird. Michael taught investment classes at Fox Valley Tech and at the age of 27 became the owner of Leon’s Frozen Custard in Oshkosh. Michael has started and sold a number of other businesses and also currently operates an online retail automotive business on eBay. Michael understands the value and challenges of small business ownership within a community.

Michael is a member of the Winnebago County Republican Party and is a member of the NRA. Michael believes in giving back to the community and was a member of the Jaycees, the Exchange Club, and the Oshkosh Southwest Rotary. Michael is also a member of the Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol Legislative Squadron, with the rank of Major.
Michael raced Late Model Stock Cars for several years at Kaukauna, Slinger, and Madison. He enjoys watching the Brewers and Packers. Other interests include gardening and making his children laugh. Michael is Pro Life, Pro Family, and Pro Liberty.

Michael is married to Christine and has three daughters, Lauren, Carly, and Annalise. Lauren graduated from Spring Arbor University in Michigan with a major in Social Work and is employed at a university in Arizona. Carly graduated from UW-Madison with a Master's degree in Social Work; she is married and has one son. Annalise graduated from Lourdes Academy and is studying at UW-Madison.