Michael Washam was born in Austin, Texas and has been a resident of Temple since the age of four. He lives in west Temple with his wife, Julia. Together, they have five children, four dogs and one cat. He is a graduate of Temple High School and has an A.A.S degree in computer aided design from Temple College, as well as a B.A. in computer graphics design from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. With over 13 years of experience working for Kiella Homebuilders as an architectural designer, he is now Head of Product Development. He has been a member of the Temple Founder Lions Club for more than 13 years, serving many roles including President.