A new General Assembly was sworn in on Januray 11th with several new faces. The Illinois Senate Republican Caucus has three new members.
Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) was elected to serve the 59th Senate District, which covers the Southern tip of Illinois. Fowler most recently served as the mayor of Harrisburg, but spent decades in public service with the Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Corrections, and the office of the Secretary of State.
Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) was elected to fill the 58th Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville). Schimpf, a lawyer, is a retired Marine who served as the United States lead prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein.
Senator Jill Tracy (R-Quincy) was elected to represent the people of the 47th Senate District. Tracy served as a State Representative from 2006 – 2015. She also previously served as the Director of the Illinois Attorney General’s West Central Regional Office under both Republican Jim Ryan and Democrat Lisa Madigan.
After the Senate was sworn in, Governor Bruce Rauner presided over the chamber during the election for Senate President. Senator John Cullerton was reelected to the body’s top post, while Senator Christine Radogno was again elected to serve as minority leader.