Opinion: Mike Lee has earned a reputation as principled conservative

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mike Lee makes a few comments early in the evening, before the election returns, at his election party at Awaken Event Center, onTuesday, June 28, 2022.

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Mike Lee serves as a United States senator representing the state of Utah. Since taking office, Senator Lee has earned a reputation as a principled conservative. He believes elected officials are responsible for keeping the federal government within its constitutionally limited role.

His respect for the Constitution was instilled early in life by watching his father, Rex E. Lee, argue before the Supreme Court as President Reagan’s Solicitor General. Attending those arguments gave him an up-close understanding of the federal government’s proper role.

Following his father’s footsteps, Lee received his undergraduate degree in 1994 and his law degree in 1997 from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, Lee completed two federal clerkships. He then began practicing at Sidley & Austin, specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation. He later served as an assistant U.S. attorney, general counsel to Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, and as a law clerk to Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito.

Lee serves on various committees important to Utah, including Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, and Commerce Committees. He is also the Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee.

In these roles, Senator Lee has fought for Utahns and their values. He has protected privacy with the USA FREEDOM Act, families with legislation expanding the Child Tax Credit, and criminal justice reform with the First Step Act. Most recently, his FORMULA Act was signed into law after achieving unanimous consent in the Senate. His bill is making meaningful strides in alleviating the nationwide baby formula shortage.

Senator Lee has remained committed to advocating for limited government and fiscal responsibility throughout his career. His work is motivated by a deep reverence for our nation and the values that make it great.

Lee and his wife Sharon have three children (James, John, and Eliza) and live in Provo.