A state representative since 2013, Rob Martwick is also an attorney and former criminal prosecutor. As an Assistant State's Attorney to Dick Devine, Rob prosecuted dead-beat parents, drunk drivers, and drug dealers. Rob spent a year as the lead domestic violence prosecutor for the State's Attorney's Office in the 2nd Municipal District. Since leaving the State's Attorney's Office, Rob has practiced real estate taxation law. Rob's work has helped save jobs by ensuring that employers were not saddled with an unfairly high real estate tax assessment. Through his experience in private practice and in conjunction with the Cook County Board of Review and Cook County Assessor, Rob has hosted annual tax appeal seminars in his area, helping homeowners appeal their real estate tax assessments free of charge.
Rob was raised in Norridge, which along with Harwood Heights is the only suburb of Chicago located entirely within the borders of the city. Long referred to as "the island in the city," Rob has been active in this community his entire life. Rob was raised in a family that valued civic and political involvement, and he began helping the Democratic Party through his father, the Democratic Committeeman of Norwood Park Township. By the age of 12, Rob and his friends were knocking on neighbor' doors, asking them to vote on election day for Democratic candidates. Rob has been involved in the Democratic Party ever since.
Rob has 16 years of experience in local government. In 1993, while still in law school, Rob ran for the post of Trustee to Norwood Park Township, a post in which he remained for one four year term. During that term, Norwood Park Township had balanced budgets for four straight years and reduced its number of employees while still providing excellent services. Rob founded the Norwood Park Township Youth Council, which gave young adult students an opportunity to participate in local government.
In 1999, Rob was asked by Mayor Earl Field to run for the position of Village Trustee in Norridge. Rob accepted and won easily, receiving more votes than any other candidate. During his tenure, Rob twice took part in overhauls of village policies and procedures, worked hard to balance budgets and used creative means to secure a solid financial footing for Norridge.
When state representative Joe Lyons chose to retire in 2012, Rob decided to run for his seat and was elected after a competitive primary.
Rob earned his Law Degree (J.D.) from The John Marshall Law School (1996), and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Boston College (1988). Rob attended Loyola Academy High School (1984) and graduated from John V. Leigh Grammar School in Norridge (1980).
Rob lives in Portage Park with his wife Sharon and son Bobby.