State Representative Wayne Schmidt was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2008 and represents the residents of Grand Traverse County. He was re-elected to a third term of office for the 2013-14 Michigan Legislature.
Schmidt is chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, chair of the Michigan Capitol Committee, and also serves on the Commerce, Energy and Technology, and Financial Liability Reform committees.
Schmidt attended the University of Chicago, majoring in economics and public policy and is a graduate of the Michigan State University Political Leadership Program.
Schmidt served as general manager of the Captain’s Quarters men’s clothing store in Traverse City, and was elected five times to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners. On the commission he had terms as vice chair and chair of the board.
PAST PUBLIC OFFICES AND AFFILIATIONS
Schmidt has been a part of a number of organizations: Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Bay Area Transit Authority, Michigan Association of Counties Human Services Committee (served as chairman), Grand Traverse County Land Use & Transportation Study Group – Grand Vision , Grand Traverse County Republican Party (served as vice-chairman and membership chairman), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan, National Cherry Festival, Trout Unlimited, Economic Club of TC, Kiwanis Noon Club, Boardman Neighborhood Association, Great Lakes Community Mental Health Authority (vice-chair), Traverse City Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman, Downtown Traverse City Association.
Schmidt is a lifelong resident of Traverse City. He and his wife Kathleen have two children, Danny and Ryan.