SPONSORED: What Drives Mike Michot

Mike Michot’s love for public service runs deep. His connection to politics and the political process can be traced back to roots even older than he is. As summer closes, the Senior Director of State Affairs at TPG offers insight about what drives his work in the political arena and what he sees as the missing link in politics today.

Michot served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996 through 2000 and then as a senator until 2012 before joining TPG. His father served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, ran for Governor before and was eventually elected to statewide office as Superintendent of Education. Michot’s father’s work made an impression that lasted.

“I remember visiting the State Capitol with him, when I was around 10 years old, and walking into the back door during session. Seeing all the hustle and bustle, I realized that this is where the action was and I wanted to be part of it,” Michot said.

Being a part of the action, for Michot, means serving and solving problems — his greatest joy, and something he’s able to be a part of whether or not he’s in elected office.

“Although I am no longer in elected office, I still have the chance to work with clients at solving their issues/problems,” he said. “There is great satisfaction at seeing a problem through to some resolution, even when it involves compromise.”

While coming to a positive end result is certainly part of Michot’s sense of accomplishment, the motivation for his work is centered around people.

“This career allows me to continue to interact with legislators and staff who I worked with when I served in the legislature,” he said.

Serving those in the legislature and the public is a fine balancing act Michot knows well. When it comes to the missing link in politics, Michot said from his viewpoint it’s a spirit of bi-partisan cooperation.

“Those outside of the political realm may not know or understand that these elected officials are elected to represent all of those in their district,” he said. “The positions may be different and often it is difficult to make a decision, but at the end of the day it’s the constituents’ interest which is and should always be at the forefront of every decision/vote.”

Mike is married to Monique Broussard Michot and father to two children, Mikie, 22, and McCally, 20.

Mike's Drunken Chicken

Take a whole chicken and rub it down with olive oil. Season heavily with Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning. I like to use sprigs of fresh rosemary cut up and placed into the cavity of the chicken, sprinkled all over the chicken and even inserted under the skin. Place the chicken cavity on a can of beer (pro tip: you may want to use a drunken chicken stand to avoid chicken tipping over). Put on grill at 350 degrees for about an hour or until the skin of the chicken is a crispy golden brown.

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