Michael G.Fitzpatrick was many things to many people. A passionate voice in Congress. A giant at the Courthouse. A man of faith. A kid from Levittown. A friend. A husband. A father. A son. A brother.
The oldest son of eight children, a graduate of Bishop Egan High School (‘81), and a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Mike’s life was molded by his deep devotion to his family, faith, and community service.
After graduating from St. Thomas University of Miami (‘85) and the Dickinson School of Law (‘88), he worked as an attorney at several law firms before serving as Bucks County Commissioner for a decade. As Commissioner, Mike dedicated himself to modernizing county government and preserving open space. He was known to visit each department and patiently listen to its concerns and needs. He singlehandedly led the battle in Washington, D.C. to secure aid for flood victims who lost their homes when Bucks County tributaries overflowed.
First elected in 2004, Mike served four terms in the United States House of Representatives; finally leaving Congress in 2016 to honor a self-imposed term limit pledge in Congress, Mike championed local causes on a national level and received recognition for his bipartisan leadership. Among his many legislative accomplishments, he secured federal support for the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Upper Makefield Twp and led the effort to secure passenger planes from terrorism – a cause inspired by Bucks County September 11 families.
Whether in office or as a community member, Mike was omnipresent at areas events and local celebrations. He possessed a remarkable ability to listen and care for the needs of others – no matter the person or the place.
It is his legacy of public service that the Michael G. Fitzpatrick Foundation seeks to respect.