Supervisor Jim Luigi Schmitt is currently serving his fourth full term on the Milwaukee County Board. He was elected in a special election on December 8, 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. The 6th District encompasses 20 of the 24 wards in Wauwatosa, seven wards in West Allis, and four wards in the City of Milwaukee.
Supervisor Schmitt has been a valued and long-serving member of the County Board's Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee, where he serves as Co-Chair, helping to craft the annual County Budget, balance the need for services with the desire to keep taxes in line, and where labor and management issues are debated and decided. He also serves on the County Board's Economic and Community Development and Health and Human Needs Committees.
Supervisor Schmitt is particularly active on issues relating to the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa, including the Behavioral Health Division Mental Health Complex and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee engineering campus planned for the area near the Eschweiler buildings. He successfully worked with the Department of Natural Resources to preserve over 50 acres of hardwood forest, while at the same time working with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District on the construction of the necessary detention basin on the County Grounds. Supervisor Schmitt is currently working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and neighborhood groups relating to the upcoming Zoo Interchange reconstruction. He is also working with Preserve our Parks Underwood Group on American Transmission Corporation's plans for County park lands in the 6th District. Supervisor Schmitt was the author of the County resolution opposing new transmission lines through our natural areas and park land.
For a number of years, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Research Park Board and more recently on the Milwaukee County Public Museum Board. Before he was elected to public office, Supervisor Schmitt spent 28 years as a teacher, coach and administrator at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He currently enjoys teaching evening adult classes in American Government at Upper Iowa University.
Committed and involved in his community, Supervisor Schmitt served on the Wauwatosa Millennium Committee and served as Chairman of the New Year's Eve Afternoon Community Celebration at Hart Park Pavilion. He is a head usher and active member of Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa, the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce, the West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, and the Pasadena Neighborhood Association. He holds a Bachelor degree in political science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and a Master's degree in political science from UW-Madison.
Supervisor Schmitt and his wife of 40 years, Sue, are longtime residents of Wauwatosa. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.