State Rep. Schmitz will not run for re-election
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media September 16, 2013 1:46PM
Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:08AM
State Rep. Tim Schmitz has announced he will not seek another term representing the 65th District.
Schmitz, a Republican, posted on his Facebook page that he will not seek a ninth term and referred to the death of his father in July as being a consideration in his decision.
Tom Schmitz took over the seat as Batavia alderman in the 4th Ward from 1999 to 2011 when his son went to Springfield to serve in office.
“As you may recall, my family and I recently lost a very close family member after a brief illness. After long talks with my family, we came to the decision that it’s the right time to leave,” Schmitz says.
The 65th legislative district represents portions of the Fox River communities Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles, as well as some towns to the north, including South Elgin, Elgin and Carpentersville.
Schmitz thanked his constituents for their years of support in helping him serve the district.
“There is no way I could have been a legislator without the strong support from my family and friends. I leave with mixed emotions, as I will miss the challenges of the General Assembly, but I feel the time is right to begin a new chapter in my professional life,” he says.
Schmitz was elected to the House in 1999 and rose to prominence in the Republican Party as Deputy Republican Leader. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said Schmitz has represented Batavia in Springfield on a variety of municipal and state issues.
“The news was met around Batavia with sincere and great regret,” Schielke said Monday. “He has been a hands-on type guy, easy to reach and communicate with.”
“Probably most everybody in the political world has made decisions not everybody has always agreed with, but at the end of the day Tim is someone who always listens, whether he agrees with you or not,” the mayor said.
“Batavia was sincerely sorry to hear his decision and it certainly leaves a major void in our mind as to who will step forward,” Schielke said.
Schielke said that Schmitz has been an effective legislator.
“I always admired Tim’s ability to work across the aisle in the Illinois General Assembly, especially in times of political divide. While he certainly stood his ground, he has the ability to walk across the aisle and try to reach compromises. From that respect, I think he was a strong voice and the reason I am sure he rose to a leadership position, because he did have the respect of the Democratic side although he is a Republican,” Schielke said.