Mike Flood

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Mike Flood
Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature
In office
Preceded by Kermit Brashear
Succeeded by Greg Adams
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 19th district
In office
Preceded by Gene Tyson
Succeeded by Jim Scheer
Personal details
Born (1975-02-23) February 23, 1975 (age 40)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political party Republican
Residence Norfolk, Nebraska
Alma mater University of Notre Dame, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mike Flood (born 1975) is a broadcaster and lawyer from Norfolk, Nebraska who served in the Nebraska Legislature from 2005 to 2013. He served as Speaker of the Legislature from 2007 to 2013.

Personal life[edit]

He was born on February 23, 1975, in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1997 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001. He is a board member for Lavitsef Inc., Norfolk Rotary Club, Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Norfolk Community Healthcare Clinic, Madison Community Club, Nebraska/Madison County Bar Association. He is also the legal counsel for the Madison County Agricultural Society and the founder and past sponsor for the Norfolk Youth Leadership Council. Flood is often confused with University of Dallas player Michael Flood. They are in no relation.

State legislature[edit]

He was elected in 2004 to represent the 19th Nebraska legislative district.

In October 2010, Time Magazine on-line named him as one of their "40 Under 40" rising stars of American politics.[1]

Flood was the author of Nebraska's law banning abortions after 20 weeks, based on the claim, described by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as lacking legitimate evidence, that the fetus feels pain. After a case in which a woman was forced to give birth to a non-viable fetus that suffocated fifteen minutes after birth, Flood defended the law and asserted that it worked as intended, saying, "Even in these situations where the baby has a terminal condition or there's not much chance of surviving outside of the womb, my point has been and remains that is still a life."[2][3][4]

Flood left the Nebraska Legislature in 2013 due to term limits. He initially announced that he would run for Governor in 2014, but then bowed out of the race in December 2012.[5]


  1. ^ "Nebraska Legislature Speaker Flood one of Time's '40 under 40'" Lincoln Journal-Star, Retrieved 2010-10-14.
  2. ^ "Abortion Law: Mother Denied Abortion, Then Had To Watch Baby Die". Nebraska State Paper. March 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Clayworth, Jason (March 5, 2011). "Her baby wasn't expected to live, but Nebraska law banned abortion". Des Moines Register. 
  4. ^ Ross, Timberly (March 6, 2011). "Neb. mom carried non-viable pregnancy due to law". San Francisco Examiner. Associated Press. 
  5. ^ Tallan, Erika (Dec 6, 2012). "Mike Flood Leaving Race for Nebraska Governor". Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV.