Mike Stoker is an attorney whose practice emphasizes land use, government, and business law. Stoker served on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors from 1986-1994. In 1992 he was named “Most Valuable Public Official in County Government in America” by Governing Magazine. Stoker was chosen out of 17,532 potential recipients. In 1993 Governor Wilson and Speaker Willie Brown asked Stoker to be one of two California County Supervisors to testify before the California Economic Summit where he provided testimony regarding what California should do streamline and cut waste in government. Mr. Stoker served as the Majority Counsel to the Republican Party in Congress where he was assigned to the Government Reform & Oversight Committee. In June of 1995 Stoker was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board where he served until 2000. Stoker also serves on the Agricultural Advisory Board to Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mr. Jack O’Connell. In 2000, California Secretary of State Bill Jones named Stoker Deputy Secretary of State where he served until January 2003. Stoker currently serves on a consulting basis as the District Director in Santa Barbara County for State Senator Tom McClintock
Stoker has also served as Chairman of the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, Chairman of the Santa Barbara Association of Governments, Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Water Agency and Flood Control District board. And he has served on the Southern California Hazardous Waste Management Board.
Stoker serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, The Boys Club of America, the Chamber of Commerce, the UCSB General Affiliates, the Marian Hospital Foundation Board, fundraising Co-Chair for Northern Santa Barbara County United Way, Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter, the American Red Cross (Santa Barbara County Chapter), Coastal Business Finance Corporation, Young America Foundation, Santa Barbara Industrial Association, the Santa Barbara Taxpayers Association, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Fighting Back Public Policy Task Force, the Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America and served as the 2006 Co-Chair for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Annual Fundraiser. Stoker is also an Eagle Scout.
Stoker received his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) where he graduated with high honors and participated in the Scott Moot Court honors program. Mike also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Institute of Law where he also teaches law school classes in land use, real property and government law.
Mike resides in Buellton, California and is married to his wife, Tara, with two adult children, Brandon and Courtlin.