Robert F. Martwick, Jr

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Robert F. Martwick, Jr.
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 19th district
Assumed office
January 2013 (2013-January)
Preceded by Joseph M. Lyons
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharon Martwick
Residence Norridge, Illinois
Alma mater Boston College
John Marshall Law School
Profession Lawyer
Religion Catholic

Robert F. Martwick, Jr. is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 19th District since 2013. His district on Chicago’s Northwest Side includes parts of the Dunning, Gladstone Park, Jefferson Park, and Portage Park neighborhoods, in addition to portions of the suburbs of Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Norridge, and River Grove Illinois.


Robert F. Martwick Jr. is descended from a civically active Polish American family traditionally associated with Chicago Polonia.[citation needed]

Martwick is the son of Robert F. Martwick Sr., a property tax appeal attorney with the seven-member real estate tax law firm Finkel, Martwick & Colson PC. Martwick Sr. is the Democratic committeeman of Norwood Park Township and secretary of the Democratic Party of Cook County. Robert F. Martwick Jr. is also a tax appeals attorney with Finkel, Martwick & Colson PC. Martwick Jr. runs a political consulting firm whose clients include Joseph Berrios, the Assessor of Cook County and chairman of the Democratic Party of Cook County.[1][2][3][4]

Martwick earned his BA from Boston College in 1988, and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in 1996.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

First elected to office as trustee for Norwood Park Township in 1993, he narrowly lost a race against the Deputy Majority Leader of the Illinois Senate Walter Dudycz by less than 1% in 1996. Martwick went on to run for Trustee of the Village of Norridge in 1999 at the behest of Mayor Earl Field. Winning more votes than any other candidate in that election, Martwick served for 12 years in this position before retiring. In 2002, Martwick unsuccessfully challenged Republican Peter N. Silvestri for the position of Cook County Commissioner in the 9th district. After incumbent Representative Joseph M. Lyons announced he would not seek another term in September 2011, Robert Martwick announced his intent to run for the open seat.[5] Martwick defeated Sandra Stoppa in the March 20 Democratic primary, and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[citation needed]

Illinois General Assembly[edit]

In Springfield, Martwick serves on eight committees. He is a member of the Economic Development Committee, the Insurance Committee, the Public Safety Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Vehicles & Safety Committee, Police and Fire Committee, and the International Trade & Commerce Committee.

On February 14, 2013, Illinois Senate Bill SB10, the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois, passed the Illinois Senate, was introduced into the Illinois House, and had its first reading in the Illinois House. On February 21, 2013 Martwick was added as an Alternate Co-Sponsor of SB10 in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was one of 24 Representatives to sign on as Chief Sponsor, Alternate Chief Co-sponsor, or Alternate Co-Sponsor, and one of 19 Alternate Co-Sponsors, in the Illinois House. The Illinois House passed SB10 and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law in November, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ Bernstein, David (October 2010). "Joseph Berrios, Candidate for Cook County Assessor: Under the Microscope". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Our Party". Democratic Party of Cook County. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Stewart, Russ (February 29, 2012). "'Friends and Family' Aid Martwick with Big Bucks". Nadig Newspapers. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Our Team". Finkel, Martwick & Colson PC. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Bill Status of SB0010". Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

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