As a nation, we must ensure that every child, regardless of their zip code or income, has access to a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive world. This will require the U.S. to invest in the necessary resources and make the proper structural reforms that will result in a more successful education system. We should empower parents and teachers to make decisions that are the best fit for their children’s needs in their local school districts, rather than leaving these decisions to bureaucrats 1,000 miles away in Washington, D.C.

Congress must expand accessibility and reduce the cost of higher education in order to close the skills gap that is costing our economy thousands of jobs. Americans owe about $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, which is spread among nearly 44 million borrowers and is now the second highest form of household debt. The average college graduate from the class of 2016 has over $37,000 in student loan debt, setting them back as they try to begin their career. We must work not only to relieve the burden of student loan debt, but also get the actual cost of college under control.

As I travel Wisconsin’s 8th District, I am constantly told by employers that they cannot find workers with the skills needed to produce their products or provide their services. We need to invest in certification programs, apprenticeships, and technical schools that will provide these skills to help our economy thrive. In Congress I’m working toward strengthening both our K-12 and postsecondary education system by supporting legislation that returns greater authority from federal bureaucrats to our state and local governments.

Co-sponsored Legislation:

  • H.R. 3145 - Income Share Agreement Act
  • H.R. 2482 - Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act
  • H.R. 2353 - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
  • H. Res. 57 - Supporting the Contributions of Catholic Schools
  • H.R. 4101 - School Milk Nutrition Act
  • H.R. 1454 - Future Logging Careers Act


  • School Choice Caucus
  • Afterschool Caucus
  • Middle Class Jobs Caucus


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November 12, 2021 Press Release

CASCO, WI – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today visited the newly launched Ahnapee Diesel Center, Wisconsin’s first diesel-only high school program. The Ahnapee Diesel Center is one of the only programs available nationwide that provides students with the opportunity to earn dual credits toward high school graduation as well as a one-year technical diploma toward NWTC’s Diesel Maintenance Technician (DMT) program. The program also gives students the option to pursue an associate degree or enter the DMT workforce upon graduation.

October 19, 2021 Press Release

MADISON, WI – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today testified before the Wisconsin State Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges to discuss threats higher education institutions face from foreign adversaries.

In his remarks, Rep. Gallagher addressed specific threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party and outlined five ways that Wisconsin can protect itself against these threats. These steps include:

July 19, 2021 Columns

American Enterprise Institute

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July 19, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today published a paper titled "Wisconsin 2030: The Education Path to Prosperity Within the Decade." The paper outlines key reforms that Wisconsin and other states can take to combat decades of declining test scores and restore the promise of our educational system.
June 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) this week led members of Wisconsin's Congressional delegation in calling on Governor Tony Evers to increase transparency for how school districts are using the $2.4 billion Wisconsin received from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) to minimize the learning gap after the pandemic.
May 25, 2021 Press Release
GREEN BAY, WI – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today announced the military service academy appointments for the Class of 2025 from Wisconsin’s Eighth Congressional District. The appointments come after a highly competitive, rigorous application process in which students submitted materials to Rep. Gallagher’s office, interviewed with Rep. Gallagher’s Service Academy Advisory Board, received nominations, and were then accepted by the Academy of their choosing.
May 4, 2021 Press Release
GREEN BAY, WI – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) yesterday sent a letter to the Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to express his concerns regarding new grant criteria that would provide federal funding to support teaching “culturally responsive” education, a methodology closely associated with critical race theory, in classrooms. The letter urges the Secretary to reconsider this guidance and asks for responses to four questions about how these teachings would be implemented.
March 2, 2021 Press Release
GREEN BAY, WI – Rep. Mike Gallagher today announced the 2021 Congressional Art Competition is now open to all high school students that live or attend school in Wisconsin’s 8th District. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event hosted by the Congressional Institute that highlights the artistic talent of high school students across the country. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the competition.
October 1, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today introduced the Student Empowerment and Financial Literacy Act, a bill that would create a grant program within the Department of Education to promote financial literacy programs in K-12 schools. The grants would be awarded for three years on a competitive basis, and would prioritize schools that serve underbanked populations. Click HERE for bill text.

July 8, 2020 Press Release

GREEN BAY, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today announced the winners of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. The competition, held annually each spring, allows high school students to showcase their artistic talent across each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, over 650,000 students have participated. Kennedy Lee, who attends Appleton West High School, was selected as this year’s winner for her submission, “Hmong Women With Pearl Earring.”

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