Rep. Mike Smiddy
(D-Hillsdale)

71st District

District Office:
201 N. Main St.
Unit 2
Port Byron, IL 61275
(309) 848-9098
(309) 848-9098 (fax)

Capitol Office
284-S Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3992
(217) 524-0443 (fax)


E-mail: RepSmiddy@gmail.com
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Biography

A full-time state legislator, Mike Smiddy grew up in Hampton, a small town along the Mississippi River. A proud member of a military family, his father and uncle are veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps and his grandfather served in the U.S. Army.

At the age of 15, Smiddy began working for a small family-owned business in Silvis where he developed a strong work ethic and learned the true value of a dollar. Smiddy's father, a UAW worker at John Deere, and his mother, a bookkeeper at a local auto shop, taught him to work hard for his family and his community.

After graduating from United Township High School in East Moline, Smiddy attended Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University, where he studied government and law enforcement. Following college, Smiddy served for eight years as an aide to former Congressman Lane Evans and then worked as a supervisor for the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Smiddy is serving his second term in the Illinois House of Representatives. He is focused on economic development initiatives that will attract businesses to the area and keep jobs in Illinois. He supports local manufacturers and policies to help Illinois remain competitive. Smiddy knows that Illinois families are already overtaxed, and he wants to relieve burdens on middle-class families. He believes state government needs greater fiscal responsibility and smarter prioritizing of how taxpayer dollars are spent.

Smiddy understands the importance of making sure Illinois residents and families have access to affordable health care. After standing by his wife as she battled breast cancer, Smiddy has introduced legislation to require all Illinois insurance policies to cover preventative mammograms.

Smiddy is committed to protecting our Second Amendment rights. He strongly supported legislation to allow law-abiding Illinoisans to carry a concealed firearm and helped pass Illinois' concealed carry law. He will continue to ensure the law is implemented fairly and will remain an advocate of the Second Amendment.

As a father and husband of a public school teacher, Smiddy has a strong understanding of the issues facing our schools, and he will work to make sure the concerns of local parents and teachers are heard in Springfield. Knowing that education can be the key to a stronger future, Smiddy co-sponsored a measure to help Illinois' unemployed workers receive funding for job training and additional education.

Smiddy and his wife, a teacher in the East Moline Public School District #37, are raising their two sons on their family farm in Hillsdale.


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