Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is a lifelong resident of Bucks County, where he has been an active member of his community for decades. In the 114th Congress, Mike’s number one priority is job creation. Mike recognizes that government does not create jobs, but fosters an environment in which the private sector can create permanent, family sustaining jobs.
Mike graduated from Bishop Egan High School in Fairless Hills and earned his bachelor’s degree while working his way through St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Upon graduation, Mike was awarded the university's highest service award.
Following graduation, Mike returned to Pennsylvania and in 1988, he graduated from Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. While attending law school Mike was the Business Manager of the Dickinson Journal of International Law. Mike is admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In 1995, Mike was appointed to the Bucks County Board of Commissioners where he served for ten years. As a Bucks County Commissioner Mike was a champion of responsible county social service programs, job creation and efficient government administration. He fought to preserve over 11,000 acres of beautiful farmland, parkland and critical natural areas. His record on open space earned him recognition from a variety of environmental organizations, including the Greenspace Alliance.
During his time as Commissioner, Mike led the fight to establish the county’s first Enterprise Zone, a project that eventually led to the creation of over 4,000 private sector jobs in Bucks County.
As a Member of the 109th Congress Mike demonstrated himself to be an independently- minded advocate for his constituents. He fought for stronger borders, lower taxes and smaller budget deficits. Locally he worked successfully to bring the National Veterans’ Cemetery to Bucks County. Mike was also instrumental in flood mitigation efforts along the Neshaminy Creek watershed, which had been plagued by persistent flooding.
Mike returned to Congress in 2011 after practicing law in Bucks County focusing on representing small businesses and local governments. Mike serves on the Financial Services Committee, where he serves as the vice chair of the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The committee appointed Mike as the chairman of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. Over the course of a two-year period, the Task Force investigated the financial mechanisms used to fund terrorist activities, specifically the vulnerabilities of the global financial system, trade-based money laundering, assistance for developing world, and the sale and trafficking of illicit goods.
During a 2014 Christmas parade in Yardley, Mike met two consitutents who told him a disturbing story of how a widely used medical device dangerously spread cancer. Since then, he has become a leading voice in Congress on medical device safety. He has pressed the Food and Drug Administration after dangerous medical devices remained in use after causing serious injury and death.
Mike joined his colleague Louise Slaughter (D-NY) in introducing two bills to reform the medical device review and approval process. The first bill, Ariel Grace’s Law, would allow victims of dangerous medical devices to seek legal recourse. The second bill, the Medical Device Guardians Act, would require physicians to identify and report unsafe medical devices and would protect them from having their reports used against them in a civil court.
Mike and his wife Kathy have been married twenty-four years and have six children - three girls (Katie, Maggie and Molly) and three boys (Jimmy, Mick and Tommy), and one grandson (Jack). An Eagle Scout, Mike has remained active in Scouting and is a past-President of the Bucks County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.