New Members 2010 - Utah

SEN.-ELECT MIKE LEE (R-UTAH)

Date of Birth: June 4, 1971
Birthplace: Mesa, Ariz.
Residence: Alpine, Utah
Occupation: Law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Education: B.A. in political science, J.D., Brigham Young University
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife Sharon; three children

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Mike Lee has loved constitutional law since an early age. He used to discuss due process and gun-owners’ rights at the dinner table with his father, Rex Lee, former solicitor general under President Reagan.

Lee graduated from law school in 1997 and served as a law clerk for Judge Dee Benson on the federal district court of Utah and for Judge Samuel Alito, who then sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Lee entered private practice by joining the Sidley & Austin law firm in Washington, where he specialized in appellate and Supreme Court litigation.

In 2005, he became general counsel to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

In June of 2006, he began a one-year clerkship for Alito on the Supreme Court.

Lee returned to private practice by joining the Salt Lake office of Howrey LLP in 2007, where he worked when he launched a successful bid to unseat former Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) during the primary process.