Michael was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Tucson, Arizona at very early age. He married his wonderful wife Leesa 24 years ago and they have two beautiful children Michael Lewis and Danielle Kristine, who both attended schools in TUSD.
Michael obtained his Associates in General Studies from Pima Community College Tucson, Arizona and his Bachelors of Science in Leadership and Management from Charter Oaks State College New Britain, Connecticut. Michael retired from the City of Tucson 2 years ago as the Manager of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for the Department of Transportation. Michael currently works for Professional Transit Management as the Director of MIS/ITS and he also works as an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College for over 30 years and in his spare time is a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach.
Michael started his political aspirations in the early 80’s, when he was a member of the "Pima College Student Coalition for Better Leadership" and moved on to be District Student Body President. In 1985 Michael authored the Student Constitution for Pima Community College. Michael was inspired by his foster father Lewis C. Murphy who served as Mayor of Tucson from 1972 to 1989. Michael also served 8 years on the Tucson Unified School District #1 Board of Education and ended his term as the President of the Board.
Michael believes in full disclosure and is committed to bringing full transparency to Ward 4 and the Tucson community, where he will regularly call for public input and have not only open communication but encourage ideas from both all on how we can help improve Tucson as a whole for everyone.
“You only get as much as you give and I don’t know how to give less then 100% to anything I commit to”.