About Mike Strain
Hometown: Abita Springs, Louisiana
Family: Mike and his wife Susan Sercy Strain, DVM have been married since 1984. They have been blessed with 2 children, Michael and Melissa.
Education: 1983 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University;1981 Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University; 1977 Covington High School
A Life of Experience & Proven Leadership
- Owner and operator of Claiborne Hill Veterinary Hospital along with his wife for nearly a quarter century.
- Continues to work in family cattle ranching business.
- Honored to serve in the Louisiana House of Representatives 2000-2008.
- Served 17 years with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserves.
- Commissioner for St. Tammany Parish Fire District.
- Elected Chairman of the Rural Caucus for two consecutive terms.
- Member of the Rural Legislative Task Force.
- Past Parish President and State Board Member for the Louisiana Farm Bureau.
- Parish Officer for Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.
- Member of Louisiana Cattlemen's Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Assocation (LVMA)
- Currently serves as President of the Southern United Trade Association, Vice President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture and Treasurer of the Interstate Pest Control Compact
Accomplishments as Louisiana's Commissioner of Forestry and Agriculture
- Ended department's long-term construction programs, which involved the substantial use of LDAF employee manpower and financial resources
- Reduced the department budget by 20% from $106 million to $85 million
- Reduced the debt load of the department and the Louisiana Agriculture Finance Authority by almost 36% from $97.7 million to $62.8 million
- Reduced the overall workforce by over 300 employees (35%), with additional duties absorbed by current personnel.
- Reduced the fleet size by over 410 vehicles and eliminated unnecessary home storage of vehicles, significantly reducing the department's fuel and maitenance costs.
- Reduced fuel consumption by 42% while maintaining services.
- Reduced aviation fleet by 30%
- Implemented an aggressive safety program and decreased our risk management by 22%
- Consolidated departments which cut program areas and cabinet level positions
- Created jobs in rural Louisiana
Awards and Recognitions
Commissioned Officer of the United States Food and Drug Administration
2003 LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award
Chosen as one of three veterinarians from Louisiana to train in bioterrorism awareness sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control
Named Legislator of the Year by the St. Tammany Parish Alliance for Good Government
President of the Southern United States Trade Association
Pork Producers Award