Birthdate: Dec. 23, 1950
Birth Place: Rochester, MN, United States
Residence: Highland Village, TX
First Elected: 2002
District: District 26
Michael Burgess was born in Rochester, Minn., and grew up in Denton, Texas. He now lives in Highland Village, a suburb of Lewisville. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from North Texas State University _ now the University of North Texas _ and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
Burgess completed his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and also earned a master's in medical management from the University of Texas.
Burgess, who says he has delivered more than 3,000 babies, founded Private Practice Specialty Group for Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a former chief of staff for Lewisville Medical Center and was the chief of obstetrics at Lewisville Medical Center.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2002.
He and his wife, Laura, have three children.
Michael Burgess was a suburban Dallas doctor before he successfully ran to replace retiring Rep. Dick Armey in 2002. As a political newcomer, he defied the odds by defeating Armey's son Scott, a former Denton County judge, in that year's GOP primary.
As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Burgess oversees funding for health care and specializes in health care issues. He has been an outspoken critic of the 2010 health care reform bill, calling it bad policy that needs to be repealed.
Burgess filed a bill in March 2010 that his office said would close a loophole that exempted officials in President Barack Obama's administration from participating in health care exchanges included in the reform bill.
He sponsored a bill that was passed by the House in 2011 that blocked funding for the construction of school-based health centers _ a program that was part of the 2010 health care reform bill. House Republicans objected to the authority given by the bill to the health and human services secretary to distribute grants for the program without getting congressional approval. The Congressional Budget Office estimated at the time that Burgess' bill saved the government about $100 million.
When he took office, Burgess was appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a post he used to secure federal money to widen Interstate 35.
He was appointed to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert's Prescription Drug Action Team, which promoted the Medicare prescription drug bill that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2003. Burgess said he supported the controversial bill because it offered prescription drug coverage to all seniors covered by Medicare and would speed market entry of cheaper generic drugs. He also has introduced a bill that would remove restrictions on medical savings accounts.
As a resident of Lewisville, Burgess is an active participant in community outreach programs and strategic planning retreats to bring quality neonatal care to Lewisville.
Source: Associated Press