McConnell Names Senator Lee as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader [UPH Wire]

For Immediate Release, January 06, 2015 Contacts: Don Stewart, Michael Brumas 202-224-2979; Robert Steurer, Stephanie Penn 202-224-8288; Emily Long (Lee) 202-224-3904 McConnell Names Sen. Lee as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has appointed Sen. Mike Lee, (R-UT), to serve as a counsel to the Majority Leader in the 114th Congress. “As a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, Sen. Lee will bring invaluable insight to our conference on issues that affect American families. He is firmly committed to working…

Senator Mike Lee Accused of Using the Sarah Palin Playbook

Over the weekend, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) pushed against a bipartisan agreement to close shop Friday, pushing for a vote against Pres. Obama’s executive action on immigration. Only 22 senators voted for it. But with the door open, lame-duck Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will now be able to push through several nominees for votes that previously appeared permanently blocked this year. (Update: like sugeon general Vivek Murthy). The move angered many GOP senators, including Orrin Hatch, and was generally seen by them as counterproductive. But The…

Senator Mike Lee Remarks on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act U.S. Senator Mike Lee [UPH Wire]

Remarks on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act U.S. Senator Mike Lee 12/10/14 Mr./Madam President, the bill before us today at once represents the best of our nation, and some of the worst of Washington. On the one hand, the primary purpose of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) represents the best of America. In past years, it has been one of the few consistently bipartisan pieces of legislation considered by the Senate, and it has usually been afforded lengthy debate and an open and transparent amendment process on the…

Senator Mike Lee Hiring Neil Ashdown as Chief of Staff

Changes are coming to Utah Senator Mike Lee’s office as the Senator gears up for the 2016 election. In what Lee’s office is calling a “strategic” change, Boyd Matheson will step down as Chief of Staff to become a senior adviser and transition to head Lee’s political operation, while Neil Ashdown, former Chief of Staff to Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., will take over the Senator’s Washington, D.C. office as Chief of Staff. The move is just the latest in a series of hires as Lee prepares for his reelection campaign in…

Senator Mike Lee’s impressive turnaround

Senator Mike Lee

Less than one year ago, the government was shutting down and Utah’s junior Senator was taking heat for it. A lot of heat. A public opinion poll conducted by BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy showed Senator at with a 40% approval rate and a 51% disapproval rating or a -11%. Fast forward to yesterday: A new public opinion poll by Dan Jones and Associates for UtahPolicy.com shows Senator Lee now holds a 54% approval rating – a healthy 14 point increase. But, his disapproval rating has also…

Utah Politico Summer Reading: Senator Mike Lee [video]

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the seventh in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Senator Mike Lee has represented Utah in the U.S. Senate since 2010. When I asked what was on the Senator’s summer reading list, I didn’t expect a full explanation of why it was and what he enjoyed about the book.  After all, Senator Lee is a busy guy, and even state legislators have sent me…

Syrian Rebels Funded by the United States at What Cost?

Once again the federal government wants to give aid to those that have aligned themselves with the United States out of necessity instead of loyalty or common ideology. Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) passed its annual authorization bill for the Department of Defense, which included a provision that would authorize the Secretary of Defense to provide a broad range of assistance, including lethal aid, to opposition forces in Syria.  Senator Lee Press Release The New York Times International explains what the Syrian opposition looks like.  The video…