House Republicans are hailing the appointment as historic, since Bellock will be the first woman to serve in that position.
“I am honored to embrace this opportunity to help lead our caucus and our state with a clear focus on the need to restore confidence in Illinois’ future,” Bellock said. “To do this, we must bring stability to state finances to ease the burden on working families, allow for robust private-sector job creation and complete the cost-saving Medicaid reforms we have worked together to achieve.”
“Patti Bellock is an extraordinary leader and a tireless advocate for Illinois families; particularly on health care, disability and budget issues,” Leader Durkin said in making the appointment. “Patti brings the common-sense approach of a mother and grandmother to her public role, combining a keen understanding of how the law impacts people’s lives with a depth of knowledge and expertise in key policy areas unequaled among her peers. Patti’s vision and unparalleled work ethic will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team.”
In addition to her appointment as Deputy Leader, Rep. Bellock also serves as Chief Budget Negotiator, as Minority Spokesperson on the Human Services – Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Labor & Commerce and Mass Transit Committees. She also presently serves as the secretary of the board of directors for the national group, Women in Government.
A native of River Forest, Rep. Bellock graduated from Saint Norbert College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in History and American Government. She taught school in both Fairbanks, Alaska, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served as vice president of a sports investment firm in the private sector. She and her family have lived in Hinsdale, Illinois for 40 years.