Sen. Mike Jackson is the president of Force Corporation, his family's La Porte-based industrial construction and maintenance company. A 35-year veteran of the industry, Jackson was first elected to represent SD-11 in 1999. He is the current chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and serves as a member on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Business and Commerce, Natural Resources, and State Affairs committees. Previously, Sen. Jackson has served on the Nominations, Government Organization and the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources. He served five terms in the Texas House before being elected to the senate.
Jackson was previously appointed by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst as co-chairman of a special Joint Select Committee on Windstorm Coverage and Budgetary Impact.
In 2004, Dewhurst appointed Jackson to the Property and Casualty Insurance Legislative Oversight Committee and the senator subsequently authored legislation to help provide insurance for all Texans.
Jackson also holds a position on the Senate Select Committee on Economic Development, an interim committee charged with studying best practices for maintaining a healthy economic climate in Texas.
Jackson's recent honors include being the recipient of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association's "Texas Affordable Housing Leadership Award," the Texas Chemical Council's "Legislative Leadership Award," a Texas Association of Business "Champion for Free Enterprise" award. In October 2007, Jackson received the "Coastal Stewardship Award" from the General Land Office and the American Shore and Coastal Preservation Association.
He and his wife Vickie reside in Shoreacres and have two children, Vic and Michelle.