Mike Revis is the proud son of a carpenter and a school teacher who has experienced first-hand the ups and downs that a middle-class working family can go through. Many others in Mike’s family are also carpenters, electricians, teachers, and farmers. He remembers the impact on our community when the Chrysler Plant closed and the slowdown in the economy. He has also se…en his mother and other educators put in long hours after school to help students prepare for college.
Mike’s grandfather and great uncles worked hard to provide for their families as carpenters after surviving the depression while living on a farm which had been passed down in their family since before the Civil War. They built their homes on the same street near other family members. Mike is now the third generation in Fenton with his extended family going back several generations in Jefferson County.
Mike’s grandfather was post commander of the American Legion Hall in Crystal City and his grandmother ran the ladies’ auxiliary. It was from his parents and grandparents that Mike Revis learned the value of hard work and how labor unions helped build up the American middle-class.
Mike is the youngest of three siblings and grew up close to his extended family in their large Irish-Catholic family. He and his family are parishoners at St. Anthony’s in High Ridge.
After graduating from Rockwood Summit High School, Mike went to the University of Missouri. There he majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He was in FarmHouse Fraternity and served on the International Executive Board as an undergraduate member. While there he met his girlfriend at Mizzou’s Homecoming. Her name is Betty and she grew up in small town, rural Missouri.
Mike had an early interest in public service. In college he was an intern for Governor Jay Nixon through the Civic Leaders Internship Program handling constituent services. He went to work for Amazon in Dallas, Texas right out of college, but moved back home to work for Anheuser-Busch.
He bought a home built by his grandfather and his great uncles on the same street where they all built their homes in the early 1950s. Mike has enjoyed renovating and working on the house with his family.
Mike is very involved with the organizations he is passionate about: St. Patrick’s Rock Church in Catawissa, the Recent Alumni Advisory Board for the Trulaske College of Business at Mizzou, the College of Business Advisory Board – St. Louis Chapter, and the Associates Council for the Missouri Athletic Club. Mike returns each year to his former high school to volunteer at their Veterans Day celebration. He also volunteers to speak to classes and mentor students about college, because he too remembers staying up nights applying for every scholarship he could to make his dream of a college education a reality.
He enjoys the outdoors, running, and attending Mizzou football and basketball games. He is a gun owner who enjoys shooting trap and hunting, is an NRA member, and supports Ducks Unlimited to support conservation.