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Michael Birdsong

State At-Large, Choctaw
Term expiring 2026

After a distinguished 25-year career, Mike Birdsong retired from the federal government in 2012. He was the national IRS federal program director and emergency response coordinator, where he led a program that was the primary liaison between IRS and other federal agencies such as FEMA, Department of the Treasury, the White House, and Homeland Security.

He was called upon by the White House and Treasury to participate in the National Response Framework and the National Level Exercise. This effort presents the guiding principles that enable all disaster response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies. Birdsong’s department responded to disasters such as the Murrah Building Bombing, 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, and many incidents with tornadoes, wildfires, and mass shootings.

Still wanting to serve his community, he was elected to the Choctaw Ward 2 City Council in April 2017. There, he accomplished many objectives, such as enhancing recreational and open space opportunities in Choctaw that helped create a healthy and vibrant community.

He served three terms as president of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society and developed strategic partnership initiatives with the Oklahoma Historical Society that preserved many historical documents and photographs.

Birdsong is currently the treasurer/legislative liaison for the Eastern Oklahoma County National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Additionally, he officiated high school and college football, where he served as head referee for two Oklahoma High School State Championship games.

He is a native of Duncan, Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma.