|Born||January 27, 1963
|Occupation||Founder, AFMS Logistics Management Group|
Mike Erickson (born January 27, 1963) is a businessman and politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He ran unsuccessfully for two different seats in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1988 and 1992, and was the Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Oregon's 5th congressional district in 2006 (losing to incumbent Darlene Hooley) and in 2008 (losing to Democrat Kurt Schrader).
The son of a police officer, Erickson attended Portland State University where he was a placekicker and punter on Portland State's football team, and still holds the record for career field goals made with 32. Erickson earned a business degree from Portland State in 1987.
After Portland State, he started AFMS Logistics Management Group, which helps companies negotiate competitive shipping contracts. The company made Inc.'s list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the United States twice: in 2004, it was number 319 and in 2005, it was number 350.
In 1988, Erickson was the Republican candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives seat representing Tigard, but lost to Democrat Tom Brian. In 1992, Erickson again ran for a different Oregon House seat in Southeast Portland, losing to Kate Brown.
In 2006, Erickson was the Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives seat in Oregon's 5th congressional district against incumbent Democrat Darlene Hooley, who defeated Erickson.
In 2008, Hooley announced her retirement from the House. Once again, Erickson ran for the Republican nomination, as did Republican opponent former gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix. In the closing weeks of the Republican primary, Mannix mailed 60,000 of his supporters copies of an email that alleged that in 2000, Erickson, who has campaigned as a pro-life candidate since at least 2006, drove his pregnant girlfriend to a Portland abortion clinic and paid for her to have an abortion. The author of the email, a friend of the pregnant woman, originally sent the email in 2006 during Erickson's first congressional campaign, but had declined to give on-the-record interviews at that time. In May 2008, both women were interviewed by the Portland Tribune about the incident. Erickson denied the charges, stating that he drove a former girlfriend named Tawnya to a doctor's appointment and gave her $300, but did not know she was pregnant or had an abortion. In June, The Oregonian published a story based on claims from the woman herself, in which she described the event in more detail.
Despite the controversy, Erickson won the Republican nomination, but Mannix refused to endorse him in the general election, as did Oregon Right to Life. The two Oregon Republican members of Congress, Senator Gordon Smith and Congressman Greg Walden, also declined to endorse Erickson. Erickson lost in the general election to Democrat Kurt Schrader.