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Mike Broihier

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Mike Broihier
Mike Broihier, farmer, teacher, retired Marine corps officer, at his Chicken Bristle farm (cropped).jpg
Broihier in 2020
Personal details
Born (1962-03-07) March 7, 1962 (age 59)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationRutgers University (BS)
Naval Postgraduate School (MS)
WebsiteCampaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel

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,[1][2][3] coming in third place behind winner Amy McGrath and runner-up Charles Booker.[4]

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.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Broihier was born in 1962 and raised in Wisconsin.[6] He attended the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1984.[7]

Military career[edit]

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.[8] Additional overseas deployments included Japan and the Mediterranean.[9]

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.[7] He was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2005, at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Kentucky life[edit]

After he retired from the Marines, Broihier and his wife Lynn bought a 75-acre farm in Lincoln County, Kentucky.[10][11] The farm has been used to raise livestock and grow asparagus.[5] From 2007 to 2012, Broihier worked as a reporter and editor for a local newspaper, the Interior Journal.[12][13] He has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Lincoln County School District.[14]

Senate campaign[edit]

Broihier launched his Senate campaign on July 19, 2019.[13] 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.[5] 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.[13] In February 2020, Broihier added support for universal basic income to his platform,[15] and Andrew Yang endorsed him in May 2020.[1][16][17] Broihier was also endorsed by 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson[18] and by Indivisible Kentucky.[19]

Broihier participated in debates on March 5[20] and June 1, 2020[21] 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,[22] demilitarizing the police, less incarceration, and abolishing no-knock warrants.[21] Broihier also said that McGrath was too politically centrist.[22]

Broihier came in third place, winning 5% of the vote.[23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Moser, Bob (22 May 2020). "Can the Yang Gang Take Out Mitch McConnell?". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  2. "Mike Broihier". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  3. "Kentucky U.S. Senate Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  4. Arkin, James. "McGrath wins Kentucky Senate primary". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sonka, Joe (18 July 2019). "Retired Marine and farmer Mike Broihier joins race challenging McConnell for Senate". Louisville Future. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  6. "Farmer Jumps in Democratic Primary to Unseat McConnell in 2020". spectrumnews1.com. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Alumni US | Rutgers University-New Brunswick (1984)". alumnius.net. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  8. Schreiner, Bruce (2019-07-18). "Another Marine veteran joins Kentucky US Senate race". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  9. "Democratic Senate candidate talks unseating McConnell during Owensboro visit". The Owensboro Times. 2020-01-29. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  10. "Broihier files for U.S. Senate campaign". Interior Journal. 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  11. Mike. "Meet Mike". Mike Broihier for Senate. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  12. "Another military veteran joins Kentucky US Senate race". whas11.com. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Democrat and newcomer Michael Broihier enters primary race to take on McConnell in 2020 election | NKyTribune". Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  14. Oakes, Zac (2020-05-26). "From the farm to the Capitol: Lincoln County's Mike Broihier makes bid for U.S. Senate". The Advocate-Messenger. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Broihier adds Universal Basic Income to campaign platform". Forward Kentucky. 2020-02-26. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  16. Bailey, Phillip M. "Andrew Yang is endorsing Kentucky Democrat Mike Broihier for Senate". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  17. Hutzler, Alexandra (28 May 2020). "How a Kentucky farmer running to unseat Mitch McConnell earned Andrew Yang's endorsement". Newsweek. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  18. Marcotte, Amanda. "Meet the three Democrats vying to take on Mitch McConnell in November". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  19. Barton, Ryland. "Indivisible Kentucky endorses Mike Broihier". Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  20. "WATCH LIVE: Ky. Democratic Senate Candidates Debate In Newport". 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Desrochers, Daniel (June 1, 2020). "Kentucky Democrats make their case to take on McConnell amid protests, pandemic". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Gershon, Aaron, and Al Cross (2020-06-02). "McGrath takes on Booker and Broihier in only scheduled Democratic U.S. Senate debate". Winchester Sun. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
  23. "2020 Primary Election". Kentucky State Board of Elections. Retrieved 30 June 2020.

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