The son of a retired FDNY Lieutenant and former drug rehabilitation counselor, Colin Schmitt learned Hudson Valley values of hard work, dedication to community, and volunteering to support his neighbors at an early age. Colin took these values with him to college, working his way through The Catholic University of America, earning his degree with honors. And today, Colin resides in New Windsor with his wife, Nikki, and their rescue dog Quincy.
Colin has dedicated himself to community service and bettering the Hudson Valley. He has held leadership roles in state and local government, in which he focused on economic development and supporting our veterans, and he founded a nonpartisan government reform group to fight for stronger ethics laws.
Colin is a proud member of several civic and community organizations, including the American Legion, Catholic War Veterans and the Black Rock Fish and Game Club. He is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and an alumnus of the American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation.
Colin has been honored by the Lymphatic Education and Research Network and “Connor’s Spartans” for his work on behalf of the lymphatic disease community. He is a parishioner of St. Mary’s parish in Washingtonville, New York and serves as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard. Colin is assigned to the 1569th Transportation Company in New Windsor, New York.
Recognizing that so many of the Hudson Valley’s problems come from corrupt, failed leadership in Albany, Colin took his voice to the State Assembly to fight for our communities. During his first legislative session, and despite being a member of the Assembly minority, the Assembly passed an astounding 43 bills sponsored or cosponsored by Colin – where he showed bipartisan leadership on issues ranging from tax relief to ethics reform and economic development. But Colin’s record of fighting for his constituents is found in more than just legislation passed, but in making sure the Hudson Valley’s voice is heard on the most critical issues of the day. Just last year, as the pandemic raged, Colin was the only New York State official at the White House COVID vaccine distribution summit, speaking for his constituents on the importance of the Hudson Valley’s recovery from the global pandemic
Because of his bipartisan approach, putting his constituents first and dedicating himself to constituent services, Colin has won the support of leaders from across the partisan divide – from business leaders to labor unions and sportsman’s associations.
As our congressman, Sean Patrick Maloney has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi a shocking 100% of the time. For his loyalty, Maloney was rewarded with the role of Chairman of the Democrat’s campaign committee, where he has elevated the partisan vitriol and hired radical advisors that unapologetically take aim at our community’s heroic law enforcement. But while Maloney won playing Washington political games, the Hudson Valley lost.
Hudson Valley homeowners pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation, while schools remain closed and area small businesses have been hard hit by the pandemic. Taken together with policies that have made local communities less safe, the region’s wonderful quality-of-life has suffered.
Now Colin Schmitt is running for Congress to fight for the Hudson Valley, to be the Hudson Valley’s voice in Washington, and fill the void left by Congressman Maloney’s failures. Colin is committed to fighting for Hudson Valley priorities like strong national security and secure borders, tax relief for families and seniors and support for veterans and law enforcement.