Michael Delavar grew up wanting to be a pilot for the airlines. When he was eight years old, he found out that pilots were paid to fly those cool airplanes and the deal was sealed. He was homeschooled, and his parents instilled in him a strong sense of duty to live free. Michael pursued his flight lessons while working summer jobs and going to the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. By taking overloads each semester, he was able to finish his four year degree a semester early, graduating summa cum laude with a BA in Fine Arts.
After graduating, he began flight instructing at the Air Force Academy Aero Club in Colorado Springs. There, he had the privilege of instructing the best and brightest students a flight instructor could ask for. After gaining experience and flight hours, Michael then flew for a charter company in Texas, a scheduled passenger bush plane service in Alaska, and a charter company in North Dakota and Minnesota. “Above the Arctic Circle, I learned many important life lessons. Chief amongst them is that a pilot’s duty to his passengers’ safety outweighs so many other pressures on the job. You always need to protect life, regardless of how difficult that is. That and don’t forget the beaver hat on cold days.”
In 2000, Michael was hired by Horizon Airlines and moved back to the State of Washington. A month later, he met his wife, Katja at a tango dance in Seattle. They fell in love and were married three months later. When Horizon moved them to Vancouver, they bought a house in Washougal, where they live to this day. Katja and Michael now have two boys, ages 8 and 10.
In 2008, Michael ran for Congress against entrenched incumbent Democrat Brian Baird. The race was hotly contested, with four candidates seeking the seat. Michael beat the other candidates to face Baird in the general election. Unfortunately, Michael’s 121,828 votes were not enough to win the seat, but were more than anyone had received in the 3rd Congressional District and still lost. Shortly afterwards, Michael sought a seat on the Washougal City Council, which he held from 2009 until 2011. Having sat on the other side of the dais, Michael understands the difficulty of casting votes for different legislation.
During the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Republican caucuses and conventions, Michael and Katja were leaders in organizing, training, recruiting and educating activists. They are known statewide for their floor leadership during the Republican Party state conventions. In 2012, Katja was elected a national delegate and attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Michael was elected as the Republican Presidential Elector for the 3rd Congressional District at the 2012 state convention.
Michael has climbed Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Glacier Peak, Pikes Peak, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Shasta and looks forward to summiting Mt. Rainier. When he gets a chance, he enjoys playing on the violin that his father made for him. His original play, Tango Rules was performed by the Vancouver Community Theater in 2004. He has written two unpublished books and is editing his third book for publication. In 2012, Michael began running to help increase his fitness level, and especially enjoys cool spring runs. Now at the age of 40, Michael is again running for Congress, not because he needs something to do in his spare time, but because he believes Southwest Washington needs an advocate in Congress that will defend their natural rights.