Broihier in 2020
|Born||March 7, 1962|
|Education||Rutgers University (BS)|
Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
Michael George Broihier (born March 7, 1962) is an American farmer, political candidate, and retired US Marine lieutenant colonel. Broihier was a candidate in the Democratic Party's primary for the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, coming in third place behind winner Amy McGrath and runner-up Charles Booker.
He served in the Marines for over 20 years until retiring in 2005. Broihier also served as a reporter for local newspaper The Interior Journal, was a substitute teacher, and farms asparagus and livestock with his wife.
Early life and education
After graduating from Rutgers in 1984, Broihier entered the United State Marine Corps as an officer. He served as the Marine Corps's lead war planner in South Korea and as a rifle company commander during the Somali Civil War. Additional overseas deployments included Japan and the Mediterranean.
From 1995 to 1997, Broihier attended the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and received a Master of Science degree in systems management. He was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2005, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After he retired from the Marines, Broihier and his wife Lynn bought a 75-acre farm in Lincoln County, Kentucky. The farm has been used to raise livestock and grow asparagus. From 2007 to 2012, Broihier worked as a reporter and editor for a local newspaper, the Interior Journal. He has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Lincoln County School District.
Broihier launched his Senate campaign on July 19, 2019. He said he supported Roe v. Wade, stronger background checks for gun purchases, addressing black-white economic disparity, raising the federal minimum wage, raising taxes on the wealthiest, addressing climate change and legalizing marijuana. He opposed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the migrant detention facilities, the Trump’s use of tariffs, and the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. In February 2020, Broihier added support for universal basic income to his platform, and Andrew Yang endorsed him in May 2020. Broihier was also endorsed by 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and by Indivisible Kentucky.
Broihier participated in debates on March 5 and June 1, 2020 with Amy McGrath, Charles Booker, and, in the March debate, Jimmy Ausbrooks. In the June debate he supported universal basic income of $1,200 per month, raising the minimum wage immediately to $15 per hour, Medicare for all, demilitarizing the police, less incarceration, and abolishing no-knock warrants. Broihier also said that McGrath was too politically centrist.
Broihier came in third place, winning 5% of the vote.
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