Mike Villines was elected to the California State Assembly in 2004 to represent the 29th Assembly District, which includes the counties of Fresno and Madera.  Mike was Assembly Minority Leader for three years and in that capacity was a member of the Big 5, which includes all four Legislative Leaders and the Governor. As Minority Leader, Mike was one of the principle negotiators for three state budgets, giving him detailed experience in the state budgeting process.  He served the Constitutional limit of 3 terms in the Assembly and was termed out in 2010 and since then has built a successful Lobbying and Public Affairs Practice with offices in Sacramento and the Central Valley. Mike has over 25 years of experience in Sacramento working as a senior staff member, being lobbied as an elected official and lobbying elected officials. He currently serves as a volunteer for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent national organization committed to providing specialized educational and enrichment programs for the leaders of our state legislatures. In 2010, Mike, along with three of his colleagues, was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the nation’s most prestigious honor for an elected public servant.