About Mike

Mike Newbern for Ohio House District 17

Mike Newbern was raised in the hills of Tennessee.   His father was a diesel mechanic and his mother a Licensed Practical Nurse.  His blue collar upbringing taught him the values of hard work, patriotism, and individualism. He applied the lessons his parents taught him and earned a full-tuition scholarship to study at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music.  After learning his aptitude was more technical in nature, he joined the Navy and served as a nuclear mechanical operator and technician on submarines.

Mike Re-Enlisting as an MM1Mike served in the Navy for 8 ½ years. He was underway on the USS Key West SSN 722 transiting to Bahrain when the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 took place.  The submarine was retasked and became the first US Naval vessel in the Gulf after the attacks. It wasn’t until their boat was boarded by intelligence specialists several weeks later that they saw photos as well as video and could appreciate the gravity of their mission. The USS Key West dumped her entire payload of Tomahawk cruise missiles and came home to a hero’s welcome in Pearl Harbor. She then returned to sea becoming the first submarine to perform back to back war patrols since World War II.

After serving in the Navy, Mike transitioned to the private sector to run a small business in Southern Georgia.  He returned to the nuclear industry at USEC in Piketon, Ohio.  When USEC shuttered its expansion plan, he made the move to Columbus to pursue an engineering degree at The Ohio State University. After only two years studying engineering, Mike joined a local special materials manufacturer where he managed quality control and process improvement. He still serves in Ohio’s manufacturing sector.

Mike maintains close ties with his family in Tennessee.  Two of his three brothers own small businesses. His youngest brother serves the Music City as a Lieutenant in the Metro Nashville Police Department.

For the past three years, Mike has been an activist on the campus of Ohio State. He was named to Townhall Magazine’s Townhall of Fame and was featured in the Leadership Institute’s Top 12 Conservative Campus Heroes of 2012. He has made several appearances in local and nationally syndicated media and regularly speaks at area high schools and colleges.

Mike’s unique set of skills and experience make him the best choice for Ohio’s 17th District.  He knows what it is like to work in a small business because he and his family have done it.  He knows the challenges that blue collar families face because he grew up in one.  He knows the meaning of service because he spent nine years serving his country around the world on nuclear submarines.