Mike Kirkton:


  • Farmer
  • Community Leader
  • Veteran
  • Conservative Republican

State Senate Primary March 19th!

Support Mike

Mike Kirkton is a military veteran, family man, and business owner with over 38 years of leadership and management experience.

Meet Mike Kirkton

Deep Family And Local Roots

A Gridley native, Mike Kirkton, and his wife, Janet, raised their five children in our community. They share our values and understand the challenges we face.

Mike graduated from Gridley High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Illinois State University.

Proud Veteran

Immediately after graduating from high school, Mike Kirkton (LT. Colonel, Ret.) answered the call to service, joining the United States Army. Mike’s wife, Janet, is also a proud veteran.

Mike received his military commission from the New Mexico Military Institute.

During his 25-year military career, Mike led Soldiers in the Gulf War and commanded infantry units at locations throughout the world.

For his distinguished service, Mike was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Parachutists Badge.

Business Leader And Community Pillar

Mike continued his history of service by representing the 3rd District on the Livingston County Board from 2017- 2022. He served on several committees and was Chairman of the Rules, Legislation, Veterans, and Community Services Committee. Mike was especially active in legislation related to redistricting and the distribution of grants from the American Rescue Plan.

Mike Kirkton also served as the Superintendent for the Illinois State Fair Society Horse Show and was named the United Professional Horseman’s Association - Chapter 10 Horse Show Manager of the Year.

Vote Mike Kirkton for State Senate!

38 Years of Leadership & Management Experience


Mike Kirkton is the President and CEO of Top View Farms, a family-owned business serving our community since 1928. He Will ALWAYS stand strong for the farmers that feed our families and fuel our economy.

Community Leader

A native of Gridley, Mike Kirkton has dedicated his life to serving our community. He represented the 3rd District on the Livingston County Board and served as Superintendent for the Illinois State Fair Society Horse Show.


Mike Kirkton joined the United States Army right after graduating high school and served with distinction for over 25 years. He earned his military commision at the New Mexico Military Institute. Mike and his wife Janet, also a veteran, have five children.

Latest News

Check out the latest news from the campaign trail.

Veteran, Farmer, and CEO Mike Kirkton Launches Bid for Illinois’ 53rd Senate District

Mike Kirkton, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, seasoned businessman, and fourth-generation farmer, officially announced his candidacy for the 53rd Illinois State Senate District today. The current senator, Tom Bennett, has chosen not to run for re-election.

Second Republican announces run for Illinois Senate seat

A former Livingston County Board member is announcing his intention to run for the Illinois Senate in the 53rd District, which covers many communities in the area.

Mike Kirkton Returns and is Running for Office again

He’s back and running for senate this time. The man who ran in the crowded 105th district but lost to Republican Dennis Tipsword in the 2022 Primary.

Family farm CEO to run for local State Senate seat

The mayor of Washington will likely have opposition in his bid to run for a seat in the Illinois Senate in next year’s election. Livingston County resident Mike Kirkton has announced his candidacy for the seat representing the 53rd District, which covers portions of the Tri-County area.

Kirkton to vie for state Senate seat

A member of the Livingston County Board has decided to enter the race to succeed Illinois State Senator Tom Bennett, the Republican from Gibson City, who will retire.