American Pickers' Mike Wolfe reveals he was a firefighter AND city councilman in Iowa before finding fame on the show

MIKE Wolfe has revealed he was a firefighter and a city councilman in Iowa before he found fame on American Pickers.

The 51-year-old talked about his impressive careers prior to becoming a household name as a celebrity antiques dealer.

Mike told the Tennessean that he served on the volunteer fire department while living in the tiny town of LeClaire in Iowa.

He decided to run for town council in order to get a new ladder truck for the fire department.

The reality star was hooked from his first council meeting, recalling: "It was like a street brawl!

"There was some land dispute, and it was packed in that room. I couldn't even sleep that night!"

Mike got 430 votes with the firefighters' help and beat a lawyer for an open council seat.

The TV star explained that after becoming a councilman, he decided to settle in LeClaire and bought a large riverboat captain's house for under $80,000.

He said the more senior members of the council took him under their wings, dishing: "People there were like family to me.

"All of a sudden, you feel like you’re part of something."

Meanwhile, earlier this month Mike showed fans around the inside of his Nashville store, Antique Archeology, after they slammed his ex-cohost’s shop.

Viewers previously ripped Frank Fritz’s Illinois antique shop as "cheap and tacky," but called Mike's store a “fan’s dream.”

Frank, 57, was fired from American Pickers a couple of months ago and has been in a two-year feud with his former co-star and longtime friend, Mike.

Now, Mike has been showing off more of the store that viewers seem to love so much, with some snaps on Instagram.


The History channel co-host posted a look at some of the goods he has available, lined up on tables and against the wall.

The shop has an earthy feel with wooden ceilings, beams, and furniture.

Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, as he took time off to recover from back surgery, which left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine. 

Mike revealed in July that Frank has been fired from the show amid their ongoing feud.

Frank previously told The Sun he is now hoping for his own spinoff show.

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