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Wil Schroder has a passion for public service. Growing up in a household with a father who was a judge for twenty-nine years, and a mother who was a public and private school teacher, Wil was surrounded by parents who believed in giving back to one’s community. When Wil was two years old, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and Wil was soon exposed to a world where friends, relatives, and neighbors volunteered time and time again to make dinners, carpool, and watch Wil and his sisters. This sense of watching out for one’s neighbor had a profound impact on Wil. Whether it was volunteering in high school as a youth soccer coach, mentoring middle school students in college, or serving as a youth group leader at his church, giving back to his community has been an important part of Wil’s life.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a major in Education, Wil attended NKU Chase College of Law where he served as President of the Christian Legal Society and student body president. Upon becoming an attorney, Wil served the public as a felony prosecutor in the Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. In that role, Wil represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the people of Campbell County in hundreds of felony cases and worked closely with law enforcement and crime victims.
In 2014, Wil ran for and was elected to the Kentucky Senate. He represents the 24th District, which is made up of Campbell, Pendleton, and Bracken Counties. As a member of the Kentucky State Senate, Wil helped pass business-friendly legislation that led to record investments in the state and thousands of new jobs. Wil played a key role in crafting bipartisan legislation to address the heroin epidemic and expand treatment options for addicts while appropriately punishing traffickers. In 2018, he helped craft a balanced budget that fully funded the state’s pension plans for the first time in decades and also allocated record per pupil student funding.
Further legislative accomplishments by Wil include sponsoring the ABLE Act, which allows families to save for disability-related expenses without fear of losing access to other assistance programs. He also co-sponsored a performance-based funding bill that helps Northern Kentucky University to compete with other universities for the funds allocated to them. Wil was named a Champion for Justice by the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Program in part for his sponsorship of SB 224, which allows victims of sexual assault more time to bring civil actions against their perpetrators.
In addition to being assigned to a number of important committees, Wil is chair of the Enrollment Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and was voted by his Northern Kentucky colleagues to serve as chair of the Northern Kentucky Caucus. While balancing his responsibilities as a State Senator, Wil practices law part-time with the Finance Department at Dinsmore & Shohl.
Wil resides in Wilder and is a lifelong Northern Kentucky resident. He is the son of the late Justice Wil Schroder and Nancy Schroder, both victims of cancer. Wil is married to his high school sweetheart, Marci. The two are active members of the Next Chapter Church in Wilder where they served as youth group leaders and where Wil occasionally plays guitar in the worship band. Wil and Marci are the proud parents of their two-year-old daughter, Grace, and recently born son, Trey. His children serve as constant reminders of Kentucky’s future.
Awards and Recognitions:
NKU Outstanding Young Alumnus Award ; University of Kentucky Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award; Champion for Justice- Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Program; NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award; American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence
Past Boards and Memberships:
Next Chapter Church Leadership Team; Catholic Charities Jail Ministry Board; Northern Kentucky UK Alumni Board; Northern Kentucky Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association