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42nd Biennial Convention

Slate of Officers, 2024-2025


Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman

Slated Position: NFRW Third Vice President


Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman hopes to be elected as the Third Vice-President of the National Federation of Republican Women in Oklahoma City in September. 

Previously, Michelle served on the NFRW Executive Committee as 1st vice president, treasurer, and member-at-large. Michelle currently serves as Second Vice-President. 

Buckwalter-Schurman is proud to be a native of Illinois, where she lives with her husband. Both are loyal Illinois State University (ISU) alums. Buckwalter-Schurman earned a bachelor's degree from ISU in political science and a juris doctorate from Northern Illinois University (NIU) (graduating magna cum laude). She has practiced law for 28 years. 

Buckwalter-Schurman works as an attorney and managing partner of Nelson, Kilgus & Buckwalter-Schurman. She practices primarily in the areas of family law, probate, adoption, and guardianships. She also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Judicial Circuits. 

As a Republican, Buckwalter-Schurman has been a member of the NFRW since 2005. She was elected and honored to serve two terms as president of the Illinois FRW from 2012-2016. Previously, she served as the secretary at the state level and as president, secretary, legislative chair, and scholarship chair for Carroll County Republican Women. She has worked with various campaigns in any capacity needed and has served as Chair of her county GOP. She currently serves as a precinct committeewoman for her local County GOP. 

Buckwalter-Schurman is a member of various Bar Associations. Her previous executive board involvements include president of Whiteside County Bar Association; vice president of Morrison Chamber of Commerce; advancement coordinator of Milledgeville-Chadwick Cub Scout Pack 55; and president of Morrison Community Day Care Center. 

Buckwalter-Schurman is a member of the SS John and Catherine Roman Catholic congregation, where she serves as a Eucharistic minister. Married for 24 years, raising three active and informed young adults.


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