In 2010, Michael was elected to the Nevada State Senate and he was re-elected with over 60% of the vote in 2014. During his time in the Senate, Republicans won the majority and his colleagues elected Michael to be Majority Leader.
Working closely with Governor Brian Sandoval, Michael helped enact the first universal school choice program in the country, revamped Nevada’s economic development programs, invested more money in education, consolidated government agencies and regulations, and saved taxpayers’ money with collective bargaining and PERS reforms.
Michael has served on the Spring Valley Hospital’s Board of Governors, the Advisory Board of Advanced Technologies Academy, the Government Affairs Committee of the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP/Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws.
In 2012, Governing Magazine recognized Michael as one of the 12 state legislators nationwide to watch, and last year the National Coalition for Capital awarded Michael the 2013 Champion of Small Business Award (COSBY) in recognition of the New Nevada Markets Jobs Act, which he sponsored.
Born in Webb City, Missouri and raised in Galena, Kansas, a small mining town with a population of 3,300, Michael grew up the eldest of three children. After High School, Michael entered the University of Kansas and graduated in 1993 with a degree in Political Science. From there, on academic scholarship, he was admitted to University of Kansas School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1996.
In 2000, Michael moved to Nevada. He is currently an attorney with the law firm of Kolesar & Leatham.
Michael is a UNLV Rebels and Kansas Jayhawks football and basketball fan. He lives in Henderson with his wife, Liberty Leavitt-Roberson, a fifth-generation Nevadan, who is the Graduation Initiative Coordinator for the Clark County School District, as well as with their dogs, Winston and Franklin.