Illinois State Representative Tim Butler (R‑Springfield, 87th District) is serving his third term representing the people of Logan, Menard, Sangamon, and Tazewell counties.
Butler 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. He began his professional career working on Capitol Hill for over three years.
Butler currently serves in a leadership role as the Illinois House Assistant Republican Leader, is the Republican Spokesperson on the Appropriations-Capital Committee and the Museums, Arts, and Cultural Enhancements Committee. Butler’s other House committee assignments include Appropriations-Public Safety, Energy & Environment, Executive, Public Utilities, and Transportation-Vehicles & Safety.
Butler is a member of the Military Economic Development Committee, which is an inter-agency commission chaired by the Lt. Governor including both private and public entities advocating for Illinois military facilities. Additionally, Butler co-chairs several legislative caucuses, including the Emergency Management Caucus, the Diabetes Caucus, the Outdoor Caucus, and the Route 66 Caucus. He also co-chaired the Illinois Bicentennial Commission in 2018.
Butler has twice been named a Friend of Agriculture by Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR. He is a recipient of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Champion of Free Enterprise Award, and has twice been awarded the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business. He is the 2019 recipient of the Illinois Association of Park Districts Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award. He received the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award from the Illinois Environmental Council. In 2015, Butler was named Policymaker of the Year by the Illinois Association of Museums.
Butler has been an active community volunteer for many years, including service on the boards of Downtown Springfield, Inc., the Dirksen Congressional Center, and the Springfield Road Runners Club. Butler is a graduate of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership School, was in Peoria’s 1998 class of Forty Leaders Under 40, and was the 2007 recipient of the Rod Steele National Volunteer of the Year award from the Road Runners Club of America.
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.
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. He is the youngest of seven children and his parents owned a small manufacturing business.