Congressman John L. Mica was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 to represent Florida's 7th Congressional District which includes Orange, Seminole and Volusia Counties. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
As Chair of the Government Operations Subcommittee on the U.S. House's chief investigative panel Mica continues his work to support job creation, cut wasteful and duplicative programs and protect taxpayers' hard earned money. On Oversight and Government Reform, Mica steers the investigative panel charged with legislative jurisdiction over government management; the economy; the efficiency and management of government operations and activities; procurement; federal property; reorganizations of the executive branch; grant reform and the relationship between the federal government and states and municipalities, including unfunded mandates. Additionally, this subcommittee has oversight of the National Archives and Records Administration and Presidential Records. Some of Mica's past efforts which continue focus on the problems of underutilized public assets, empty federal buildings and the misuse of public funds. Efforts to overhaul GSA, TSA, Amtrak and EPA wasteful spending will continue.
In the previous Congress, Mica served as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He remains on that panel as a senior member and continues to provide leadership in setting sound national infrastructure policy. In that role as the leader of one of the largest committees in Congress with broad legislative jurisdiction, Mica was responsible for developing and overseeing federal policy and projects relating to aviation, highways, transit, rail transportation, pipelines, the Coast Guard, maritime transportation, water infrastructure and resources, economic development, public buildings and emergency management issues.
Mica's accomplishments as leader of that committee are a matter of record and include the successful passage some of the most significant measures adopted in the 112th Congress. Some of those include enacting a major highway and surface transportation bill, passing a long-stalled FAA bill that now moves America's aviation industry forward, adoption of an important Coast Guard reauthorization, codifying significant pipeline safety legislation and passing a record number of other legislative initiatives. These measures all positively impacted our nation's infrastructure and competiveness while expanding employment opportunities in the future. Under Mica's Chairmanship, a total of 55 bills were passed under the Committee's jurisdiction in the House; of which 30 measures were signed into law.
From 2007 to 2010, Mica served as the Transportation Committee's Republican Leader. From 2001 to 2006, he chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation.
From 1999 to 2001, Mica served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources. As Chairman, he became a national principal leader in the development of our nation's counter-narcotics policy. Appointed by then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert as a Co-Chairman of the Speaker's Drug Free Task Force from 1999-2006, he has been a respected national voice in advocating drug education, prevention, enforcement, eradication and interdiction programs.
As Chairman of the House Civil Service Subcommittee from 1995 to 1999, Mica authored landmark legislation dealing with veterans preferences, expanding healthcare access for military dependents and establishing one of the federal government's largest employee stock ownership programs.
Before his tenure in Congress, Mica served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Paula Hawkins of Florida and is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives. Mica was also a successful businessman, active in real estate, communications and international trade.
Mica is a graduate of the University of Florida. He and his wife, Pat, have resided in Central Florida since their marriage in 1972.