Mike Stack

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Michael Joseph Stack III (born June 5, 1963) is an American attorney and former politician who served as the 33rd lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 5th district from 2001 to 2015.



State senate career

Stack served in the Pennsylvania Senate from 2001 until 2015. In 2009, Stack was Democratic leader of Philadelphia's 58th ward.

Lieutenant governor term

He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in the 2014 election, running with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf. The Wolf/Stack ticket defeated the Republican Tom Corbett/Jim Cawley ticket in the 2014 gubernatorial election. +more Stack took the oath of office January 20, 2015. While serving as lieutenant governor, Stack had a high-profile falling out with governor Tom Wolf, owing in part to Stack's alleged mistreatment of staff and a difference in management styles with Wolf.

On May 15, 2018, Stack lost the state Democratic primary for lieutenant governor to Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, placing fourth overall. Stack is the only lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania to lose his renomination bid.

Stack ran briefly for a Philadelphia City Council at-large position, though withdrew in March 2019 after drawing a poor ballot position. His spokesman said Stack would continue to consider other opportunities for public service.

Subsequent career

Following his withdrawal from the city council race, Stack moved to California, where he was operating as of January 2020 as a comedian under the name "Mikey Stacks". Stack's routine involves self-deprecating jokes about his nickname "Mikey", as well as jokes around his mother's cooking, Donald Trump, Opioid use disorder and teenage suicide.

In August of 2021, Stack appeared on the AWE show Find Me a Luxury Home, wherein he described himself as a lawyer seeking to purchase a $7 million home in Manhattan Beach, California. In October of 2021, it was reported that Stack was contemplating a return to politics, considering a run in his old state senate district following incumbent senator John Sabatina's announcement that he would not seek re-election.

Personal life

Stack's grandfather, Michael J. Stack, was a U.S congressman from 1935 to 1939.

In 2002, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of best-dressed legislators.

Electoral history

Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 1988
RepublicanFrank Salvatore (Incumbent)58,33156. 83
DemocraticMichael Stack, III44,30843. +more17

Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 1992
RepublicanFrank Salvatore (Incumbent)52,21154. 06
DemocraticMichael Stack, III44,36245. +more94

Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 2000
DemocraticMichael Stack, III46,98052. 55
RepublicanFrank Salvatore (Incumbent)42,41647. +more45
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