Mike was born and raised in Great Falls and attended Great Falls High School where he graduated valedictorian of his class. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in Business and French at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, Mike attended the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula. He graduated in 1994 and began his legal practice as a County Prosecutor. Mike conducted numerous jury trials ranging from DUIs to homicide cases. After seven years of prosecution, Mike entered private practice in 2001. He is married to Amber Rausch and has one daughter, Hannah. Mike enjoys cycling, outdoor activities, singing, and playing the piano.