Assemblymember Mike Villines
Mike Villines, R-Clovis, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 29th Assembly District, which includes the counties of Fresno and Madera. Known as the heartland of California this region is an agriculturally rich and ethnically…
Mike Villines, R-Clovis, was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 29th Assembly District, which includes the counties of Fresno and Madera. Known as the heartland of California this region is an agriculturally rich and ethnically diverse part of California.
Recognized for his strong negotiating skills and his ability to lead a united Republican caucus, Villines was chosen by his colleagues in November 2006 to serve as Assembly Republican Leader where he served with distinction for over 2 ½ years as one of the longest serving Republican Leaders over the last 25 years.
Improving California's business climate by reducing over burdensome regulation, reforming government to end business as usual in Sacramento and restoring common-sense solutions and accountability to state government have been and continues to be Assemblyman Villines' top legislative priorities. As a newly elected California State Assemblyman, Villines was recognized as a political up-and-comer by being named an "Emerging Leader" by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.
As Republican Leader, Villines played many important roles. He provided vision and direction as the Republican Caucus formed its legislative agenda. Working with his leadership team, Villines guided legislative strategy to ensure Republican measures were passed and signed into law. His leadership skills and the loyal following of his Republican Colleagues set the tone for his many public policy advances, which included major tax code reform to encourage business development in California; the formation of public/private partnerships to bring public works projects online faster; reform in categorical school funding allowing more flexibility to schools with their budgeting; and balancing environmental protection with economic development by streamlining regulations that allowed growth in our economy and the protection of our natural resources simultaneously. In addition, he continues to lead the development of policy to address California's growing water and clean energy needs throughout the State.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Villines served as an aide to former Gov. Pete Wilson where he worked to implement the Governor's legislative and policy agenda for reforming burdensome environmental issues. He also served as chief of staff to former State Sen. Chuck Poochigian, and most recently owned his own small business as a Public Relations and Communications Executive.
Villines is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and holds a BS degree in Political Science. Villines serves on the Board of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent national organization committed to providing specialized educational and enrichment programs for the leaders of our state legislatures. In addition, he currently serves on the Board for the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Institute for Leadership and Ethics at CSU Fresno. He is active at People's Church of Fresno. Mike and his wife Christina reside in Shaver Lake with their three children.