Board of Supervisors

James "Luigi" Schmitt

6th District Supervisor

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Dear Neighbors,

It is both an honor and privilege to continue to serve as your elected representative on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. I thank you for your confidence in me over the past 20 years.

As the appointed chairman of the Committee on Finance and Audit this term, I will be at the forefront of the budget process as we seek ways to be fiscally responsible with ever depleting funding resources, while keeping quality of life for all county residents in mind. My goal is to deliver a transparent process and a responsibly balanced budget.

Additionally, I have always been passionate about the county grounds and our county parks, and I will remain vigilant on those issues.

As your County Supervisor, I will work collaboratively with my colleagues, the county executive and his administration to provide the services that Milwaukee County residents are accustomed to and deserve.

How to Contact Me

Call my office at (414) 278-4273

Email me

About Supervisor Schmitt

Supervisor Jim Luigi Schmitt is currently serving his seventh term on the Milwaukee County Board. He was elected in a special election on December 8, 1998, and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2018. 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 serves as Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Audit and also serves on the Committee on Personnel.

Supervisor Schmitt is particularly active on issues relating to the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa. He successfully worked with the Department of Natural Resources to preserve over 50 acres of hardwood forest on the county grounds, while at the same time working with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District on the construction of the necessary retention basin on the county grounds.

For a number of years, Supervisor Schmitt 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 bacholor's 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 Sue are long-time residents of Wauwatosa. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.

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Press Releases

Supervisor James "Luigi" Schmitt Will Not Run for Re-election in 2020


James “Luigi” Schmitt has announced that he will not run for re-election to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in 2020 after serving more than two decades as the supervisor for the sixth district.

Hoyt Pool is Coming Back to Life


Milwaukee County Supervisors Jim “Luigi” Schmitt and Lynne De Bruin are excited to report that the new Hoyt Pool being built in Wauwatosa is nearing completion.

Finance Chair Schmitt Thanks Colleagues, Applauds County Staff for Work on 2020 Budget


Supervisor James "Luigi" Schmitt, Chair of the Committee on Finance and Audit, thanked his fellow supervisors today for their efforts to produce a balanced 2020 Milwaukee County Budget and applauded the work of county staff who helped assemble the budget and manage the process of amending and setting it.

"Save Our Ride” With Supervisors at Joint Finance Committee Hearing


Milwaukee County Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Patricia Jursik and Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, along with Supervisor-Elect Jason Haas, are inviting residents to join a coalition of Supervisors, transit advocates, and members of ATU Local 998 riding the bus to a public hearing of the State Legislature‟s Joint Finance Committee Monday morning.

County Supervisors Urge Protection of Sanctuary Woods


The Milwaukee County Board adopted a resolution Thursday that expressed Milwaukee County’s opposition to the development of Sanctuary Woods and its desire to protect adjacent lands that are part of the Milwaukee County Grounds.

County Executive's Unbalanced 2011 Budget Includes $27.5 Million Deficit


After the first round of reviewing County Executive Scott Walker’s 2011 Recommended Budget, a supermajority of the County Board’s Finance & Audit Committee has identified a deficit of at least $27.5 million.

Supervisors Johnson, Schmitt Commend County Board on Budget Balance


Milwaukee County Supervisors Willie Johnson, Jr., and Jim “Luigi” Schmitt today congratulated the Milwaukee County Board for passing an amended 2016 budget that balanced the needs of County residents in the areas of public safety, parks and transit.

Supervisor Schmitt Responds to Recommendations for Elected Officials’ 2008-2012 Compensation


Milwaukee County Supervisor Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, Chairman of the County Board’s Personnel Committee, has released the following statement in reference to the County’s compensation of elected officials.

Supervisor Jim “Luigi” Schmitt Announces he Supports Move to Ask for Marina Dimitrijevic to Step Down as County Board Chairwoman


My philosophy has always been to speak the whole truth right away or your comments will come back to haunt you.

AFSCME Union Vote Response


Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway and Supervisor Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, Chairman of the Board’s Personnel Committee, released the following statement on AFSCME District County 48 voting to ratify the tentative agreement reached between the County and the Union last month.

Mental Health Redesign Moves Forward to County Board


The Milwaukee County Supervisors who serve on the New Behavioral Health Facility Study Committee released the following joint statement after completing a final report on redesigning Milwaukee County’s mental health care system.

Statement on Tentative Agreement with AFSCME Union


Late Tuesday night, Milwaukee County reached a tentative agreement with AFSCME District Council 48, affecting 3,650 union employees in Milwaukee County.

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