Suzi Schmidt

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Suzi Schmidt
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Illinois State Senate District 31
Former member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Lake County Forest Preserve
1998 – 2010
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University – Carbondale
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Suzi Schmidt is a former Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 31 from 2011 to 2013.

Schmidt served on the Lake County board from 1988 to 2011 and as chairman from 2000 to 2011. Before joining the Lake County government, she was a Lake Villa Township Trustee from 1985 to 1988. She is also President of the Metro Counties and a member of the Lake County Municipal League. She received her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schmidt served on these committees:



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Schmidt won in the November 2 general election against Michael Bond.[1]

Illinois State Senate, District 31 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Suzi Schmidt (R) 34,308 53.47%
Michael Bond (D) 29,850 46.53%

The primary election was on February 2, 2010, and the general election was on November 2.

Campaign donors


In 2010, Schmidt raised $592,413 in contributions.[2]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Illinois Republican Party $200,093
Republican State Senate Campaign Cmte Of Illinois $184,555
Crichton, Tom $30,750


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[3][4]


Schmidt received a score of 87.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A- according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 13th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[4]

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Professional experience

Schmidt has served in the Lake County Board since 1988 and has been Chairwoman for most of that time. Other experience:

  • Commissioner, Lake County Forest Preserve, 1988-2013
  • Member, Lake County Board, 1988-2013
  • Chairwoman, Lake County Board 2000-2013
  • Trustee, Lake Villa Township, 1985-1988.


Schmidt faces pressure to resign over an alleged abuse of power. She and her husband have had a somewhat abusive marriage in which her husband has made several 911 calls for various incidents. Last Christmas her husband called saying that she had locked him out of the house. She also made a 911 call that day, stating that she was a senator and telling the dispatcher to ignore her husband's request for help. The most recent 911 call occurred on September 26, 2011, when her husband called saying that she had scratched and bitten him. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno has said that it may be time for her to resign and that public officials should be held to higher standards of behavior.[5]


Schmidt has a husband, Bob.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Bond (D)
Illinois Senate District 31
Succeeded by
Melinda Bush (D)