Mike Oxley was elected to the U.S. House in a special election in June 1981 with 50 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Dale Locker, a state legislator. Oxley defeated Democrat Thomas Burkhart in 1990 with 62 percent of the vote and was re-elected in 1992 with 61 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Raymond Ball.
He was unopposed in 1994 and re-elected in 1996 with 65 percent of the vote against Democrat Paul McClain. In 1998, Oxley defeated McClain with 64 percent of the vote. In 2000, he was re-elected with 67 percent of the vote, defeating Daniel Dickman.
In 2002, he beat Democrat Jim Clark 68 percent to 32 percent.
Oxley served in the Ohio House, 1973-81.
He had no opposition in Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election for the 4th District.