Served our Country in the Military and now in Office- Congressman-elect William Enyart
Posted December 11, 2012
Illinois, Twelfth District
This is the eighth in a series of profiles of the 12 veterans elected to Congress for the first time in November.
William Enyart enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Following an assignment in Okinawa, Mr. Enyart returned to Southern Illinois to pursue his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and then his J.D. at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale.
Following law school, the future congressman gained experience at the Hunter and Schwartz law firm before starting his own practice in Belleville, Illinois shortly before joining the Guard. General Enyart also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Strategic Studies at the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Representative-elect Enyart resumed his military service in 1982, joining the Illinois National Guard, eventually rising in 2007 to become the Illinois Guard’s 37th Adjutant General, with the rank of Major General. As the head of the Illinois Guard, he was responsible for the effective training and deployment of 13,500 soldiers and 300 civilian employees, both in-state to help with disasters (most notably in 2011 during record ice and rain storms), and overseas in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During his tenure, he developed a partnership program with Poland that provided a model for international cooperation between militaries. He retired from the post in 2012.
General Enyart makes his home in Belleville with his wife, a retired circuit court judge. The Congressman-elect will represent Illinois’s 12th district, which includes most of the state’s southern tip and part of St. Louis’s Illinois suburbs.