Representative Mike McKell has represented House District 66 in the Utah House of Representatives since 2013.
Currently, Mike is serving as the House chair of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriation Committee as well as the House chair of the Fair Park Working Group. Mike’s other assignment included membership on the House Ethics Committee as well as the Legislative Process Committee.
In July of 2013, Mike was appointed by Speaker Becky Lockhart to serve on the House Special Investigative Committee. On January 7, 2013, John E. Swallow was sworn in as Utah’s Attorney General. Within days, allegations of improper and potentially illegal conduct by him surfaced in the press, driven by a Utah businessman named Jeremy Johnson who was under indictment by the federal government. A firestorm ensued and, on July 3, 2013, the Utah House of Representatives established a Special Investigative Committee to investigate and report on these and other allegations of misconduct by Mr. Swallow.
The Committee, with the assistance of Special Counsel and an investigative staff, conducted approximately 165 witness interviews and reviewed and analyzed tens of thousands of pages of documents over the course of its investigation. The vast majority of the Committee’s work occurred prior to November 21, 2013, the date on which Mr. Swallow announced his resignation from the Attorney General’s Office, effective in early December.
While the corruption of any public office is unacceptable, the corruption of the office specifically tasked with ensuring equal justice under law is particularly harmful because it undermines the public’s faith that justice in the State is being dispensed equally and without regard to economic, social or political status. Mike is very proud of his role serving on the House Special Investigative Committee and the House Ethics Committee today.
Mike is the founder of McKell Christiansen Wise, PLLC. As a lawyer, Mike has been awarded the prestigious Martindale-Hubble AV rating which is bestowed on less than 5% of lawyers nationally and has been recognized as a Rising Star in the Super Lawyers Magazine. Mike has been admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and the states of Utah and Arizona.
A Love for Education
Mike McKell graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from Southern Utah University and a J.D. from the University of Idaho.
Mike is married to his high school sweetheart Brandi Johnson McKell. Together they raise four children Landon, Madison, Dallan, and Kandalyn. Mike enjoys spending time with his family and participating in outdoor recreation, especially fishing.