|Name||John L. Mica|
Casselberry, Florida , United States
|| January 27, 1943
Aug 15, 2012 02:22pm
|Info||On November 3, 1992, John L. Mica was elected to serve East Central Florida's 7th Congressional District which consists of the suburban area between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. He is currently serving his fifth term in the 107th Congress, which began January 3, 2001. |
Mica serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Government Reform Committee and the House Administration Committee.
In 2001, Rep. Mica was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation. A subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Aviation Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all matters relating to civil aviation, including airport improvement, aviation safety and security, and other related issues. Major federal agencies under oversight by this subcommittee include the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Rep. Mica has been recognized as a national and Central Florida leader in transportation issues. He has spearheaded legislative efforts to improve our nation's infrastructure and expedite Florida's highway and interstate expansion. He has led efforts to develop local and state transportation alternatives.
On the Government Reform Committee, Mica serves on the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, he chaired from 1999 through 2000. As Chairman he led efforts to restart our nation's war on drugs. Congressman Mica served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Service from 1995 through 1998. As Chairman he successfully worked to downsize the Office of Personnel Management, privatize functions of federal agencies and reformed the federal employees life insurance program. He also introduced the first legislation for long term care for Federal Employees which has subsequently be enacted into law. He authored the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act which was signed into law and recognizes veterans service as federal employment both for hiring and in times of downsizing. He authored legislation to expand healthcare options by opening our Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) to our military dependents and retirees. He was a prime sponsor of the White House Accountability Act which requires the White House to live under the same mandates as Congress and the private sector.
Mica has been recognized as a national leader in the regulatory reform movement and was credited for his efforts to slow down expansion of federal regulatory authority by requiring the use of risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis on new regulations. He has spearheaded congressional reform and reorganization of our federal international trade activities.
In Mica's first term in Congress, his freshman Republican colleagues honored him with their Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award for new members of Congress. Each year since 1992, he has consistently received the Watchdog of the Treasury Award from the Citizens Against Government Waste, the Taxpayer's Friend Award from the National Taxpayer's Union, the Thomas Jefferson Award for Legislative Service and the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. In 1995, he was honored as one of 100 Americans to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Prior to his election to the House, Mica established several successful business ventures including cellular telephone, real estate, international trade consulting and governmental affairs firms. In 1973, the Florida Jaycees recognized Mica's work in reorganizing local government by awarding him the Florida State Good Government Award. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives (1976-1980), Mica served on the Appropriations, the Select Energy, the Ethics and Elections and the Community Affairs Committees. He was recognized for his service by being named one of Florida's Five Outstanding Young Men in 1978. He served as Chief of Staff and Administrative Assistant to Florida Republican United States Senator Paula Hawkins from 1981 to 1985.
Mica is a graduate of the University of Florida (1967) and Miami-Dade Community College (1965). He is active in national and community affairs, and is listed in Who's Who in American Politics. He is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and Florida Blue Key. His brother, Dan Mica, also served for ten years as a United States Congressman from South Florida.
Mica, 59, and his wife, Patricia, have been married for thirty years and have two children, D'Anne and Clark. The Mica family has resided in Central Florida since 1972.