Mike Sommers is the president and CEO of the American Investment Council (AIC). Before joining the AIC, Sommers spent two decades in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House. From Congress to the West Wing, Sommers crafted and executed a wide range of political and legislative strategies centered on the nation's most pressing issues.
Most recently, Sommers was chief of staff to Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-OH). In this capacity, he was the top staffer in the House and advised the Speaker and House leadership on all matters before Congress. Sommers was at the center of every major policy dispute in the last decade and successfully negotiated bipartisan compromises on landmark legislation, including the Trouble Asset Relief Program in 2008, the resolution of the fiscal cliff in 2013, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015, and trade promotion authority in 2015.
Prior to being named chief of staff to the Speaker, Sommers served Boehner in other capacities, including: deputy chief of staff, policy director, legislative director, and press secretary. He was also special assistant to President George W. Bush at the National Economic Council at the White House in 2005. There, he advised the president on agriculture, trade, and food policy.
Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, named Sommers one of the top staffers on Capitol Hill for each of the past 10 years and in 2015 named him one of the top 50 staffers in the last 50 years. Sommers has been profiled in Politico, The Hill, and National Journal. In 2005, his peers selected him to head the Republican Chiefs of Staff Association.
Sommers is native of Naperville, Illinois, and a graduate of the honors program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Medal–the highest honor given to a Miami undergraduate. He and his wife, Jill Sommers, a former commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, have three children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
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