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Paul Schimpf
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 58th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2017 (2017-Jan-11)
Preceded byDavid Luechtefeld
Personal details
Born1971 (age 47–48)
Scott Air Force Base
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceWaterloo, Illinois
Alma materU.S. Naval Academy (B.S.)
Southern Illinois University (J.D.)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1993–2013
RankLieutenant Colonel
UnitJudge Advocate Division

Paul Schimpf (born 1971) is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate from the 58th district.[1] The 58th district includes all or parts of Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Monroe, Jackson, Union, and Washington counties.[2]

Among his activities prior to his tenure as State Senator, Schimpf served in the U.S. Marine Corps, participated in the trial of Saddam Hussein, and ran for Illinois Attorney General in 2014.

Early life and education

Schimpf, the son of two school teachers, was born in 1971 at Scott Air Force Base[3] and raised in Waterloo, Illinois.[4] He was the valedictorian of his high school senior class and was a National Merit Scholar.[4] Schimpf attended the United States Naval Academy—passing an engineering scholarship offer at the University of Illinois[4]—and Southern Illinois University School of Law.[5]


Schimpf served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel.[5] He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1993 and retired in May 2013.[4]

In 2005, Schimpf was deployed to Iraq to serve as the chief American advisor to prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein.[6][4]

Schimpf served as a member of the legislative staff of U.S. Representative John Kline of Minnesota.[4]

2014 Illinois Attorney General campaign

Schimpf was the Republican nominee for Illinois Attorney General in 2014. Incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan defeated him in the general election.[4][7][8]

Illinois Senate

Schimpf ran successfully for the Illinois Senate in 2016, defeating former Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon in the general election.[9][10] He was sworn in on January 11, 2017.[11] Schimpf has announced he will not run for reelection to the Illinois Senate in 2020.[12]

Personal life

Schimpf is married to his wife Lori while attending Southern Illinois University School of Law.[4] They live in Waterloo, Illinois and have two sons together.[4][3]


  1. ^ Koziatek, Mike (November 8, 2016). "Schimpf takes 58th State Senate race; says economy will be his priority". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "PA 97-0006 Legislative District 23" (PDF). 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  3. ^ a b "My Story: Service and Solutions". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Molly Parker (October 15, 2016). "Schimpf Touts Military Experience in Run for State Senate | Election Coverage". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Hancock, Amanda (October 14, 2015). "Paul Schimpf Enters Race for State Senate". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Angelo, Phil (November 23, 2015). "The 'Truth' About Saddam's Trial | Local News". Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lisa Madigan Wins Re-Election as Illinois Attorney General". Crain's Chicago Business. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Illinois AG Lisa Madigan Elected to 4th Term". ABC 7 Chicago. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "Paul Schimpf Wins Open Illinois Senate Seat, Defeating Sheila Simon". Daily Egyptian. November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Koziatek, Mike (November 8, 2016). "Schimpf Takes 58th State Senate Race; Says Economy will be His Priority". Belleville News-Democrat. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Esters, Stephanie (January 11, 2017). "Paul Schmipf to be Sworn in as New 58th District Senator | Communities". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Kapos, Shia (October 7, 2019). "Eye on 2020". Politico Illinois Playbook. Retrieved October 8, 2019.

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