Michael W. Tryon

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Michael W. Tryon
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 66th district
In office
January 2013 – January 11, 2017
Preceded by David Harris
Succeeded by Allen Skillicorn
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 64th district
In office
January 2005 – January 2013
Preceded by Rosemary Kurtz
Succeeded by Barbara Wheeler
Chairman of the McHenry County Board
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-07-30) July 30, 1955 (age 62)
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

Michael W. Tryon (born July 30, 1955[1]) was a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 66th district from 2013 to 2017 and the 64th district from 2005 to 2013. Previously, he served on the McHenry County Board from 1989 to 2004 and held the leadership position of County Board Chairman from 1998 to 2004.[2]


A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Tryon graduated 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.[2]

Tryon moved to McHenry County, Illinois in 1977 to take a job with the McHenry County Health Department.[3] Tryon took a job in the private sector in 1980 and founded a water treatment testing lab in 1986.[3] In 1988, Tryon was elected to the McHenry County Board, and in 1998 his fellow board members elected him Chairman of the County Board.[3] Tryon remained chairman until his election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004.[3]

Tryon served as Chairman of the McHenry County chapter of the Republican Party from 2008 to 2014.[4]

Tryon was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in the 2004 election and took office in January 2005. He authored 70 pieces of legislation that became law during his tenure as state representative.[5] In June 2015, Tryon announced that he would not run for re-election in 2016, citing his support for term limits for elected officials as a reason.[3][5]

Committee assignments in the Illinois House (98th General Assembly)[edit]

  • Energy (Republican Spokesperson)[6]
  • Business Growth & Incentives; Environment (Republican Spokesperson)[6]
  • Executive; Mass Transit (Republican Spokesperson)[6]
  • Appropriations-Public Safety[6]

Personal life[edit]

Tryon is married to Cathy Tryon and they have three children together.[2]

Tryon plays in a band that includes himself, as well as fellow Illinois legislators Chad Hays and Don Harmon.[7]


  1. ^ "Representative Michael W. Tryon (R)". 97th Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "About". Miketryon.com. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Craver, Kevin P. (June 24, 2015). "Illinois State Rep. Mike Tryon will not seek re-election in 2016". Northwest Herald. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Dallke, Jim (April 17, 2014). "New GOP leadership hopes to reinvigorate McHenry County Republican Party". Northwest Herald. Retrieved November 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Craver, Kevin P. (January 7, 2017). "Outgoing State Rep. Mike Tryon Reflects on Political Career". Northwest Herald. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Illinois General Assembly - Representative Biography". Ilga.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-25. 
  7. ^ Craver, Kevin P. (December 25, 2014). "Illinois state Rep. Mike Tryon’s band to play inauguration concert". Northwest Herald. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 

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