About Mike Tryon

  • Born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Graduated North Vigo High School, Terre Haute – 1973
  • Graduated Indiana State University – 1978,  B.S. in Environmental Health Science
  • McHenry County Board Member 1989-2004
  • McHenry County Board Chairman 1998-2004
  • Illinois House of Representatives 2005-Present

Mike Tryon has been active in the McHenry and Kane County areas ever since he first moved to Northern Illinois in 1977. Mike first came to the area to take a job with the McHenry County Health Department after graduating from Indiana State University with a degree in Environmental Health Science. While working for the county, he not only fell in the love with the area, but also met his future wife Cathy, who at the time worked in the building and zoning department.

Mike worked for the county until 1980 when he left to take a job as an environmental consultant. He then bought and became a principal in Raber and Associates. In 1986 he formed McHenry Analytical, a water and wastewater testing lab. Mike still operates both of these environmental companies today.

Politically, Mike joined the McHenry County Board through an appointment in 1989. During his tenure on the board he served as the chair of numerous committees, including finance, public health and personnel. During this time he also served on the McHenry County Board of Health and the Mental Health Board.

Mike’s colleagues respected his proven leadership over the years, and in 1998 the county board members unanimously elected him to become Chairman of the McHenry County Board. He served in that capacity until being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November of 2004. He was sworn into office as a State Representative in January of 2005.

Mike’s ability to listen and work with others has resulted in substantial legislative accomplishments since 2005. Known as a leader and consensus builder, Representative Mike Tryon has become a very effective and respected lawmaker in Illinois.

Outside of politics, Mike, who has lived in Crystal Lake since 1983, spends much of his time with his wife Cathy and three children – Jared, Lauren and Lindsay. He enjoys travel, playing his guitar and cooking. He is an advocate for diabetes awareness, and speaks openly about how he balances a demanding career and his diabetes.