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

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.

May 21, 2018 In The News

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The winners of the Congressional Art Competition were announced Sunday in Green Bay.

This year, 47 high school students from across Wisconsin's 8th district entered their art pieces.

The first place winner will have their art displayed in the Capitol Building for a year.

Second through fourth place winners will have their art displayed in Rep. Mike Gallagher's offices in D.C., Green Bay and Appleton.

September 1, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher had a great answer when asked after an in-depth tour of the Boys & Girls Club in Sturgeon Bay what people here want to know from him about the chaos in Washington.

April 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week Rep. Mike Gallagher announced that the 2017 Congressional Art Competition is now open to all high school students in the 8th District. Students can submit their artwork to the office of Rep. Gallagher and the winner will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside the winning artwork from all other participating districts from around the country.

Accepted artwork includes:

January 23, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Gallagher announced that he has joined the Congressional School Choice Caucus.

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