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James J. Schmitt (1958 - )

Mayor Jim Schmitt
Mayor James J. Schmitt2003-

On April 1, 2003 Jim Schmitt became the 41st mayor of the City of Green Bay. Jim was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin on June 7, 1958 to Jim and Mary (Gleichner) Schmitt. Jim is the fourth oldest in a family of four brothers and six sisters.

Jim grew up in Two Rivers and attended grade school and Roncalli High School, graduating in 1976. He went on to St. Norbert College, graduating in 1980 with a BBA/Marketing. In 1979, he was a recipient of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Jim has always been an industrius indivdual. He began working for his father's lumber company at age 7, stamping literature and cleaning the bathrooms - all for 25 cents an hour. When the carnival came to Two Rivers, he worked for it; in grade school, he became an antiques dealer, going to auctions and reselling his purchases. At 16, he worked as a waiter and began selling and delivering lumber for his father's company. At 18, Jim purchased a house for $11,500 and rented it out.

After graduating from St. Norbert College, Jim remained in Green Bay working for the Little Rapids Corporation, the KI Corporation, and Cellcom Inc. In 1993, Jim founded Famis Manufacturing, Inc. Famis Manufacturing is a paper and cotton converting company that manufactures and markets disposable products to health and beauty industries. Famis employs 20 people. In June of 2003, Jim sold the major portion of the business to concentrate on his duties as mayor.

Jim married Dona Degenhardt on May 26, 1990 in St. Lawrence Church, Stangleville. Together they had four daughters, Anna, Greta, Laura, and Eva. Eva died as an infant in 2002.

Dona juggles taking care of her family, first and foremost on her agenda, with volunteering as a teacher’s helper at St. Thomas More School and Leopold School. She teaches religious education at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and donates her time and talents as a hairdresser for Unity Hospice patients and the Norbertine priests at St. Norbert Abbey.

Jim was the 1997 recipient of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Entrepreneurial Award, and in 1999 he received the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Growth Award. Jim is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Green Bay.

Schmitt was re-elected to a second four-year term as Mayor of Green Bay on April 3, 2007, winning with 70% of the vote. Under Mayor Schmitt’s leadership, Green Bay is continuing its dramatic economic revitalization of Green Bay's riverfront, including Riverfront Lofts, Baylake Bank City Center, Nicolet Bank Building, upcoming construction of River Center, Leicht Memorial Park, Festival Grounds and the new City Deck.  He brought considerable new development to Green Bay and increased value to neighborhoods and industrial parks, achieving the 6 Billion dollar mark in assessed value for the City.