Mike Fortner is happily married to Becky Hall and has two children, Liz and Charles. Mike has a diverse background of public service, professional work, and community service.

Mike is in his fourth full term as State Representative. In the legislature he serves on the committees for Cities and Villages (Minority Spokesperson), Tollway Oversight (Minority Spokesperson), Energy, Mass Transit, and Transportation: Regulations, Roads, and Bridges.

Prior to his election as a Representative, Mike served as Mayor of West Chicago. During his five and a half years in that office he improved city services while cutting the city portion of the property tax bill. The improved services included more police on the street, new commercial development, and a state-of-the-art water treatment facility providing high quality drinking water. He served on the DuPage Mayors and Managers board, and helped form the Metro West Council of Governments.

He served as co-chair of the STAR line commuter rail study, chaired implementation of the DuPage Area Transit Plan, and worked on the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus task force for education reform, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Council of Mayors. For his work with other communities on transportation and public transit, Mike was awarded the 2006 Intergovernmental Cooperation award by the DuPage Mayors and Managers. Before mayor, Mike served as an alderman, school board member, plan commissioner, and he started his public service as a historic preservation commissioner.

In addition to his public service, Mike Fortner is an accomplished professor and researcher. Mike is an Associate Professor of physics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for over 25 years and has worked on research experiments at Fermilab for over 25 years.