Michael W. Tryon

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Michael W. Tryon
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 66th district
Assumed office
Preceded by David Harris
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 64th district
In office
Preceded by Rosemary Kurtz
Succeeded by Barbara Wheeler
Chairman of the McHenry County Board
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-07-31) July 31, 1955 (age 61)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cathy
Children 3
Residence Crystal Lake, Illinois
Alma mater Indiana State University
Profession Environmental Consultant
Religion Congregationalist

Michael W. Tryon (born July 31, 1955) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 66th district since 2013. Previously Tryon represented the 64th district in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2005-2013 as well as served on the McHenry County Board from 1989 to 2004, and held the leadership position of County Board Chairman from 1998 to 2004.[1]


A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Tryon graduated high school from North Vigo High School in 1973. Tryon then went on to graduate from Indiana State University in 1978, where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Health Science.[1]

Tryon moved to McHenry County, Illinois in 1977 to take a job with the McHenry County Health Department.[2] Tryon took a job in the private sector in 1980 and founded a water treatment testing lab in 1986.[2] In 1988, Tryon was elected to the McHenry County Board, and in 1998 he was elected chairman of the county board.[2] Tryon remained chairman until his election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004.[2]

Tryon was the Chairman of the McHenry County chapter of the Republican Party from 2008 to 2014.[3]

In June 2015, Tryon announced that he would not run for re-election for the Illinois House in 2016, citing his support for term limits for elected officials as a reason.[2]

Committee assignments in the Illinois House[edit]

  • Energy (Republican Spokesperson)[4]
  • Business Growth & Incentives; Environment (Republican Spokesperson)[4]
  • Executive; Mass Transit (Republican Spokesperson)[4]
  • Appropriations-Public Safety[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tryon is married to Cathy Tryon and they have three children together.[1]

Tryon plays in a band that includes himself, as well as fellow Illinois legislators Chad Hays and Don Harmon.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "About". Miketryon.com. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Illinois State Rep. Mike Tryon will not seek re-election in 2016 | Northwest Herald". Nwherald.com. 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  3. ^ "New GOP leadership hopes to reinvigorate McHenry County Republican party | Northwest Herald". Nwherald.com. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Illinois General Assembly - Representative Biography". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Illinois state Rep. Mike Tryon's band to play inauguration concert | Northwest Herald". Nwherald.com. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 

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