Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) joined the Illinois House of Representatives on March 3, 2015, replacing former Rep. Rich Brauer. Butler, a native of Peoria, is the fourth-great grandson of Lewis Barker, a State Senator from Pope County during the first four Illinois General Assemblies. Tim is the youngest of seven children and his parents owned a small manufacturing business.
Tim brings to the House more than 20 years of public service working for the people of Central Illinois. He has served as District Chief of Staff for both Congressman Rodney Davis and former Congressman Ray LaHood. He also served as the director of marketing for St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Butler began his professional career working on Capitol Hill for over three years.
Butler has been an active community volunteer for many years. He currently serves on the boards of directors for Downtown Springfield, Inc. and the Dirksen Congressional Center. He assists with the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, is a graduate of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership School, and was in Peoria’s 1998 class of Forty Leaders Under 40.
For over a decade, Tim was involved with the Springfield Road Runners Club, serving as President and directing two of the largest races in Central Illinois: the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon and Abe’s Amble 10k. He is the 2007 recipient of the Rod Steele National Volunteer of the Year award from the Road Runners Club of America and is a 2011 inductee into the Springfield Road Runners Hall of Fame.
A 1990 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Butler has lived in Sangamon County since 1998 with his wife Wendy. He previously lived in Logan County for over three years and has family ties to Tazewell and Menard counties as well.