Mike Pieciak was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont. He attended Union College and received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Miami Law Review.
Mike began his professional career in New York City at the law firm Skadden Arps before returning to Vermont in 2014 to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of the Securities Division within the Department of Financial Regulation. During his time as Deputy Commissioner, Mike spearheaded an investigation that uncovered the largest financial fraud in Vermont’s history.
Mike was then appointed Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation in 2016 by Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) and was reappointed the next year by Governor Phil Scott (R-VT). During Mike’s years of service to the State of Vermont, he advocated for consumers and worked to strengthen the state’s financial services industry. Under his leadership, the Department recouped over $13million for Vermonters, including a record $1.8million settlement with a South Carolina insurance company for selling unapproved and inadequate health insurance policies to Vermont college students.
Mike also stood up for transgender youth by prohibiting the discriminatory practice of denying medical coverage for gender affirmation surgery to anyone under 18 years of age. Instead, Mike mandated that health insurers provide such medical coverage whenever a doctor determines it to be medically necessary for the individual.
With the onset of the pandemic, Governor Scott asked Mike to lead the State’s COVID-19 data and modeling analysis and present with him at his weekly COVID press conferences. Mike also required health insurers to cover the cost of testing and treatment for COVID-19 and directed insurance premium relief of over $25 million back to Vermonters.
Mike is now running for State Treasurer to help strengthen the financial security of Vermonters and their communities