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Mike Hennefer is a successful businessman, church leader, family man, and conservative Republican running to replace retiring eight-term State Representative Burt Solomons in the April 3 Primary Election for House District 65 in Carrollton and Lewisville.

He is president of Corporate USA, Asset Management, Leasing & Investments, which he established in 1991. For the past 20 years the entrepreneur has bought, sold and operated several commercial real estate businesses and leased millions of square feet of office space to dozens of companies, including some of the largest commercial developers and investors across the US.

Using his forte of analyzing business financials and assessing risk, he has specialized in making the tough financial decisions which have turned around dozens of under-performing lease properties and earned a handsome proft for his company.

Besides his success in business, Mike has voluntarily served in a number of leadership positions in his church and community in which has has helped hundreds of teens, adults and families to solve a wide variety of problems.

For seven years he served as the Bishop, or ecclesiastical leader, of the 400-member Carrollton congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where - besides directing Sunday and weekday youth meetings, he listened to and counseled youth and adults on a weekly basis about everything from having faith in the teachings of God and Jesus Christ, to improving family relationships to overcoming financial, gambling, drug, and pornography additions.

As the current Group Leader and teacher of the Carrollton Stake's Pornography Addiction Recovery Group, he has spent many hours helping men and women to overcome pornography and other additions which are running their lives and ripping their families apart.

As a High Council member of the Church's Carrollton Stake, he traveled weekly for several years to other area congregations to speak to members and ensure they were correctly following church policies.

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed portions of the Gulf Coast, Mike served as a Group Leader of dozens of men from his church who volunteered for several weeks to help clean up portions of New Orleans.

A HAM radio operator, he is the current Emergency Coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) in Carrollton. He also currently holds the position of Radio Officer for Carrollton Radio Amateur Radio Emergency Services (RACES). RACES receives its authority from Part 97 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Both positions being appointed by the City of Carrollton, ARES and RACES provide emergency back up communications and storm spotter services for the cities of Carrollton, Farmers Branch, and the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Raised in Danville CA, after graduating from high school he voluntarily served as a full-time missionary for two years for his faith in Florida and Puerto Rico. He then attended Brigham Young University, where he studied marketing and business.

Mike brought his young family to Carrollton in 1985 when he was transferred to the Dallas area. He and his wife of 37 years, Vali, raised four now grown children in the Carollton-Lewisville school district.

He is a huge football and basketball fan, since his son and son-in-law both played football for BYU. Since his son-in-law also went on to play nose tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers - winners of two Super Bowls since he's played there - they are his favorite pro team, in addition to our Dallas Cowboys, of course. He also loves cheering for our world champion Dallas Mavericks.

Mike favorites are Mexican food and his mother-in-law's Raisin Sour Cream Pie, the TV show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and the movie "Crimson Tide." His favorite quote is by Abraham Lincoln: "When I do what is right I feel good, and when I do what is wrong I feel bad."

A Christian and a grateful believer in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, his three most important priorities are God, family and country.

A sincere believer in American exceptionalism, Mike considers the United States of America the greatest nation in the history of the world. He believer the future is bright and that we should all stand tall and have a positive view of where we can take our great nation.

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