Husband. Father. Grandfather. Coach. Businessman. Leader. At 64 years young, these are all words that are used to describe first term U.S. Representative Mike Kelly. Many will try to call him Congressman, but he insists on “Representative” or preferably, “Just Mike.”
Born to a middle class family in Pittsburgh but raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, Mike, his wife Vicki and family have worked hard to achieve the American dream. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Mike went to work for the family business, Kelly Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc. that was founded by Mike’s dad in the 1950’s. Mike purchased the dealership in 1995 and has expanded the business to include Hyundai and Kia Franchises.
Kelly Automotive employs over 100 people from western Pennsylvania. Mike has received national recognition in the automobile business including Chairman of the Hyundai Eastern Region Dealer Council and Vice Chairman of the Hyundai National Dealer Council. Mike was also the Secretary and Treasurer of the Hyundai initiative “Hope on Wheels,” which has donated over $14 million to childhood cancer research institutions.
Mike was motivated to run for Congress after experiencing the intrusiveness of the growing federal government first-hand. When the federal government took over General Motors, Mike received a letter and a call telling him the government would be taking away one of his successful franchises. Although the company had been successful and met all of requirements of the franchise agreement, the “new” General Motors was going to take the franchise from the Kelly family, also likely resulting in the loss of many jobs at Mike Kelly Automotive. But Mike hired an attorney and took on the federal government and ultimately won the battle to keep his franchise. Mike is often quoted as saying, “If my federal government can try and do this to me, they can try and do this to anyone.” Together, with his family, he decided to run for Congress and fight against the gross over-reach of the Obama administration.
Before running for Congress, Mike was also active in local government in Butler County. He served terms on the Butler Area School Board, Butler City Council, the Housing Authority of Butler County and the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County.
Because of a lot of hard work and blessings from the Lord, Mike and Vicki have been able to give back to their community through a number of philanthropic causes including the Golden Tornado Scholastic Foundation, the Mary McTighe Kelly Creative Teaching Grant for elementary educators and the Lighthouse Foundation’s One Warm Coat program.
Mike and Vicki have 4 children and are the proud grandparents of 8 grandchildren.