Mike Franc


Michael Franc was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a longtime veteran of Washington, DC policymaking. 

Prior to joining Hoover, Franc served as policy director and counsel for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He also served as the Vice President of government relations for the Heritage Foundation from 1997-2013. During this time he managed all the think tank’s outreach with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch. 

He also completed a tour of duty as communications director for former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and worked for the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has been quoted widely in the print and broadcast media, and was a regular contributor to The National Review Online and other publications.

Franc has a BA from Yale University and a JD from Georgetown University.

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Nancy Pelosi's Problems Are Just Beginning

quoting Mike Francvia Newsweek
Saturday, March 16, 2019

You wouldn’t know it from the way she’s being covered in most of the Washington media but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a woman with a lot of problems. Instead of in-depth coverage of the ideological divisions in her caucus and the political challenges to her leadership, she gets stuff like this, from Politico: “Using strategies she’s honed over decades, the speaker has managed to keep a sprawling freshman class in line — and on her side — despite breaking with them on issues ranging from impeachment to the ‘Green New Deal.’"

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Area 45: Is Washington, DC – Trump’s Town? With Mike Franc

interview with Mike Francvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Friday, March 15, 2019

DC is not Donald Trump’s town ceremonially or stylistically, but it is in fact Trump’s town for driving debate – and changes on Capitol Hill.


Hoover In D.C. Puts Scholars In Conversation With Policymakers

featuring Hoover Institution, Mike Franc, Amy Zegart, Herbert Lin, Russ Roberts, Adam J. Whitevia Stanford News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

When policymakers in Washington D.C. want an outsider perspective on a problem, they don’t need to leave the nation’s capital to get a 10,000-foot view.