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Mike Stack
Liet. Gov. Michael Stack.jpg
33rd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 2015 – January 15, 2019
GovernorTom Wolf
Preceded byJim Cawley
Succeeded byJohn Fetterman
Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 2, 2001 – January 20, 2015
Preceded byFrank Salvatore
Succeeded byJohn Sabatina
Personal details
Michael Joseph Stack III

(1963-06-05) June 5, 1963 (age 58)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Tonya Stack
RelativesMichael J. Stack (grandfather)
EducationLa Salle University (BA)
Villanova University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2008–present
UnitArmy Judge Advocate General's Corps[1]

Michael Joseph Stack III (born June 5, 1963) is an American politician and comedian who served as the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously was the Pennsylvania State Senator from the 5th district from 2001 to 2015.

Early life and education

Stack graduated from La Salle College High School, LaSalle University in 1987 and Villanova University School of Law in 1992.[2]

Stack attended The JAG School at the University of Virginia and entered U.S. Army JAG Corps.

Political career

Stack as a state senator in 2009
Stack as a state senator in 2009

In 2009, Stack was Democratic leader of Philadelphia's 58th ward.[3]

Stack served in the Pennsylvania Senate from 2001 until 2015.

He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in the 2014 election, running with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf.[4] The Wolf/Stack ticket defeated the Republican Tom Corbett/Jim Cawley ticket in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Stack took the oath of office January 20, 2015.[5][6]

On May 15, 2018, Stack lost the state Democratic primary for lieutenant governor to Braddock Mayor John Fetterman,[7] placing fourth overall.[8] 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.[9]

Comedic career

Following his withdrawal from the city council race, Stack moved to California, where he currently operates as a stand-up comedian under the name "Mikey Stack".[10] Stack's routine involves self-deprecating jokes about his nickname "Mikey", as well as jokes around his mother's cooking, Donald Trump and teenage suicide.[11]


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.[12]

Personal life

Stack's grandfather, the first 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.[13]

Electoral history

Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Stack, III 46,980 52.55
Republican Frank Salvatore (Incumbent) 42,416 47.45
Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Stack, III (inc.) 66,844 65.74
Republican Sam Mirarchi 34,829 34.26
Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Stack, III (inc.) 71,141 71.97
Republican John Farley 27,702 28.03
Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Stack, III (inc.) 65,587 71.65
Republican Michael Tomlinson 25,954 28.35
Pennsylvania lieutenant governor Democratic primary election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Stack, III 351,627 46.79
Democratic Mark Critz 119,334 15.88
Democratic Mark Smith, Jr. 109,519 14.57
Democratic Brad Koplinski 89,524 11.91
Democratic Brandon Neuman 81,438 10.84
Pennsylvania lieutenant governor Democratic primary election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Fetterman (nominee) 284,089 37.5
Democratic Nina Ahmad 179,920 23.7
Democratic Kathi Cozzone 141,027 18.6
Democratic Michael Stack, III (inc.) 125,687 16.6
Democratic Ray Sosa 26,923 3.6


  1. ^ "Training Ground" (PDF). The Philadelphia Lawyer. Summer 2008.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - Michael J Stack, III Biography". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  3. ^ Committee of Seventy (2009-12-21). "2009 Citizen's Guide" (PDF). 2009 Citizen's Guide. The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  4. ^ Foster, Brittany (20 May 2014). "Lt. Gov.: Stack Wins Big". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ Lavender, Paige (4 November 2014). "Pennsylvania Governor Election Results: Tom Wolf Defeats Incumbent Tom Corbett". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  6. ^ "NBC News Projects: PA's Corbett Ousted by Democrat Tom Wolf". NBC News. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  7. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (2018-05-15). "Pennsylvania Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  8. ^ McGoldrick, Gillian. "John Fetterman takes historic win over incumbent lieutenant governor Mike Stack". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  9. ^ Cole, John (March 27, 2019). "Stack Ends Bid for Philly City Council". PoliticsPA. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  10. ^ Brennan, Chris (January 23, 2020). "The former lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania is now doing stand-up comedy in California as 'Mikey Stacks'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  11. ^ Marin, Max (January 23, 2020). "Former PA Lt. Gov. Mike Stack hits Hollywood with new standup comedy act". Billy Penn. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "Your guide to who's running for Pa. lieutenant governor — and why you should care". The York Daily Record. 2018. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sy Snyder's Best Dressed Legislators". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-08-03.

External links

Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Frank Salvatore
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 5th district

Succeeded by
John Sabatina
Party political offices
Preceded by
Scott Conklin
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John Fetterman
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Cawley
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John Fetterman

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