Mike Harmon was first elected in November 2015 as the 47th Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was elected to a second term as Auditor in November 2019. Mike previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for 13 years representing the people of Boyle and Casey County, and previously Washington County, in the 54th District.
During his time in public service, Auditor Harmon has always promoted common-sense solutions to make life better for the people of Kentucky by supporting good public policy to protect and preserve taxpayer dollars. Mike brings those same values, along with his desire to make government more transparent, to his role as Auditor. His motto, “Follow the Data,” has become synonymous with the role of the auditor’s office.
In addition to his background in public service, Mike learned the value of hard work and responsibility through his experience in business, particularly insurance and banking. He also previously served as Vice Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Tourism and Energy, and a member of the committees for Banking and Insurance; Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs; Health and Welfare; and Tourism Development and Energy during the regular and interim sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Under his leadership, the auditor’s office has completed high profile audits and examinations of entities and programs such as the Commonwealth’s public retirement systems, the Administrative Office of the Courts, KentuckyWired, the University of Louisville Foundation, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, and many others. His administration has also supported legislation to strengthen city audit requirements, improve transparency of area development districts, and reduce the cost of audits for county officials.
Mike is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with degrees in math, statistics, and theater, and was valedictorian of his Boyle County High School class. Mike also serves as a deacon and church moderator at Junction City First Baptist Church.
Despite all these accomplishments, Mike is most proud of being married to his wife, Lynn for more than 30 years, and raising their two daughters, Tori and Lizzie. Mike is also a proud grandfather to his grandsons, Aiden and Silas.
During Mike’s life he has tried to live by the philosophy he adopted after his first successful election to public office, values he brings to his job as Kentucky's Auditor of Public Accounts:
“I have no desire to leave a legacy, Except that I served my Lord,
I served my Family,
And I served my Country, Well.”