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


More on Education

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.”

June 11, 2020 Press Release

GREEN BAY, WI — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today applauded an announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture stating that Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) would receive a grant worth $24,897 to strengthen its existing agricultural education programs. The grant funding supports the purchase of equipment that will allow NWTC to incorporate hands-on simulation learning in their classroom, such as ways to operate a tractor and a combine.

February 11, 2020 Press Release

 Rep. Mike Gallagher today announced that the 2020 Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students that live or attend school in Wisconsin’s 8th District. The winning piece of artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Additionally, the next two runners-up will have their artwork displayed in Rep. Gallagher’s District and D.C. offices. Rep. Gallagher will also post pictures of each entry on Facebook and give a People’s Choice Award to the entry that receives the most “likes.” 

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Mike Gallagher today received the PROMISE (Protecting Our Most Important Students Early) Award from the National Head Start Association (NHSA) for his leadership in promoting trauma informed care (TIC). The PROMISE Award is given to members of Congress who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to Head Start and to serving our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families, not only in their districts, but across the nation. This year’s PROMISE Awards were presented to members of Congress who have led the charge in supporting Head Start’s work to address childhood trauma.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, Congressman Mike Gallagher, alongside Congressman Bryan Steil, cosponsored Congressman Glenn Grothman’s bill, H.R. 3422, the Competency-based Education (CBE) Act. This legislation would provide universities with the framework they need to deliver a competency-based education to their students.

July 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mike Gallagher and his colleagues in the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

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