Mick Madison started serving District 5 of the Madison County Board in November 2012. He has been re-elected three more times since then. In December 2022, his peers voted him as the County Chair Pro Tem, to take over much of the day-to-day operations, temporarily, at the county until the November 2024 election.
For the past decade, Mick has been a voice for liberty for the people in his district, and the county. He has stood up to many of the state’s unfunded mandates and spoke in favor of “common sense” policies. He’s been vocal about everything from supporting lawsuit reform, keeping businesses open and re-opening schools during COVID, against COVID vaccine mandates and against the state’s weapons ban, to strengthening property rights for owners in our county.
Being a firm believer in liberty and the Constitution, he believes the public has a right to be heard.
Mick works hard to prevent high taxes, voting to keep the county’s property tax levy flat, and has publicly vowed not to raise taxes. He also voted for a county board resolution opposing the state’s proposed vehicle motor tax (VMT), which would have taxed Illinois drivers per mile. He was also at the forefront of opposition of a proposed County Jail rehabilitation project where he and many others were able to save the taxpayers $10-$12 million dollars by reducing the scope of the project and by using cash on hand as opposed to borrowing money for the project and paying interest for 20 years. He says the citizens of Illinois' biggest complaint is our high taxes, and he will work on their behalf to keep the county's part of their tax bills from going up.
Mick serves as the chair of the Building and Zoning Committee. He also serves on the Central Services, Executive and Finance & Government Operations and PTELL committees. He was also the chair of the Buildings & Facilities Maintenance committee for several years.
As the previous chair of the Facilities Maintenance Committee, Mick helped to lead or kick-off several renovation projects to include: the Madison County Jail; and $3.1 million Community Development and Probation Department, along with the $3.86 million sale of property along Illinois Route 159 in Edwardsville. He has been quoted many times as saying "we are doing more, with less."
Mick grew up in Bethalto and studied at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Edwardsville, Lewis & Clark Community College and Park University of Kansas, studying architecture and operations management. He helped run the family business and built homes before entering into corporate sales of construction and mining equipment for more than 20 years, and then went on to join his father in their business that entailed the design, sales, production, installation and commissioning of industrial manufacturing equipment.
He and his wife, Susan, of 37 years are the parents of two sons, a granddaughter, and a grandson. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends at the Lake of the Ozarks and on drift racing trips with his son in Formula Drift as part of his race crew, and traveling to Burbank, Ca to visit with his oldest son, daughter-in-law and grandkids.
His goals for the taxpayers are to protect their rights under the Constitution, do the county business of the taxpayers while spending their money wisely, not wastefully, and to never vote to raise their taxes.