Metro West Council of Government has named State Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, its 2013 Legislator of the Year. Metro West President and Elburn Village President Dave Anderson and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns presented the award to Schmitz on Thursday, Aug. 15.'
The honor was announced earlier at the Metro West Legislative Barbecue.
“The award was established to honor legislators whose record demonstrates their understanding of the municipal perspective on legislative issues and a commitment to supporting the well-being of municipalities,” Anderson said. “Rep. Schmitz is certainly deserving of this award.”
Schmitz is a fourth generation resident of Kane County and lifelong resident of Batavia. Before becoming a state representative, Schmitz served as a Batavia Alderman and was a policy analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives.
Schmitz received his degree in public administration and political science from Augustana College. He and his wife Julianne reside in Batavia with their children Alex and Ryan. Tim remains a firefighter and emergency medical technician since 1984.
He is a recipient of the Red Cross Hometown Heroes Award and received the Fireman of the Year Award in 2005.
Schmitz was elected to the House of Representatives in 1999 and was one of its youngest members. He is an alumnus of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development and a Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments. He was elected by his peers to serve as an Assistant Republican Leader for his past three terms. In 2009, Schmitz was appointed to serve as deputy Republican leader.