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Mike Smiddy
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Illinois House of Representatives District 71
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthHampton, Illinois
ProfessionFull-time legislator
Office website
Mike Smiddy is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 71. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Smiddy's professional experience includes working on the staff of Congressman Lane Evans and as a human resources representative/supply supervisor for East Moline Correctional Center.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Smiddy served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Higher Education
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges


Campaign themes


Smiddy's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Standing up for Children, Seniors, and Veterans
Excerpt: "I’ll fight to restore the building blocks of a strong economy: good jobs you can raise a family on, real retirement security, quality public schools, and affordable college tuition."
  • Closing corporate tax loopholes instead of schools
Excerpt: "The Illinois tax system is broken and unfair to working families. Instead of slashing education or seniors’ programs, we need to eliminate corporate loopholes to ensure they pay their fair share—just like the rest of us. Our school districts need that money more than the wealthy corporate interests do."
  • Creating Jobs that can Support a Family
Excerpt: "We need to actively invest in our economy to create good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. Expanding and improving our state infrastructure is vital to the economic well-being of Illinois families. I will work to expand our high-speed rail network, which creates jobs and provides a long-term economic boost to our community."
  • Ensuring quality public education for all children
Excerpt: "I will fight to give our kids the tools they need to prepare for a 21st century economy: better public schools, increased job training programs, and more affordable college. I will oppose any effort to balance the Illinois budget on the backs of public school students and will fight the make college tuition affordable for working families."
  • Fed Up to the Status Quo
Excerpt: " At a time when our students, veterans, and seniors can’t get what they deserve, we can’t afford any more backroom deals at taxpayer expense. Illinois needs a legislature that is willing to make bold moves to solve our problems. I will push legislation that docks legislators’ pay if they fail to pass a balanced budget that makes sense for working families in Illinois."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Mike Smiddy ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Wozniak was set to face Jeff McKinley in the Republican primary, but McKinley withdrew from the race on January 27, 2014, leaving Wozniak unopposed. Smiddy then defeated Wozniak in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 71, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smiddy Incumbent 50.5% 17,547
     Republican Jim Wozniak 49.5% 17,233
Total Votes 34,780


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smiddy won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 71. Smiddy defeated James F. Arduini in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Richard Morthland (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 71, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smiddy 52.1% 25,011
     Republican Richard Morthland Incumbent 47.9% 23,037
Total Votes 48,048
Illinois House of Representatives, District 71 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smiddy 67.9% 3,859
James F. Arduini 32.1% 1,827
Total Votes 5,686

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Smiddy is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Smiddy raised a total of $461,609 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[10]

Mike Smiddy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 71 Won $461,609
Grand Total Raised $461,609


Smiddy won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Smiddy raised a total of $461,609.


Smiddy and his wife, Deb, have two children.[1]

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Preceded by
Richard Morthland (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 71
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