"This summer, I had the opportunity to speak with many of you about your concerns and vision for our community; your passion has never ceased to inspire me. These conversations allowed me to reflect on my role as your representative, and gave me new ideas for making Illinois a better place. I am therefore pleased to announce my reelection campaign for the 51st State House District to bring your ideas into action, and humbly ask for your support.
Illinois needs practical leadership now, more than ever before. Politics in our country has continued to polarize, and it has become clear that our state is struggling under a severe deficit in leadership. Few have the patience to address looming challenges, or the courage to stand up for much-needed reforms.
Despite these challenges, I have fought to create real solutions that will ensure our community’s future stability, safety, and success, including:
- Fiscal policy: I was the lead House Republican negotiator in the General Assembly’s successful effort to amend the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. This act provided necessary restructuring for the fund; as a result, nearly 50% of all Illinois businesses saw their unemployment insurance rates decrease.
- Second Amendment Rights: I was a lead negotiator and co-sponsor for the recently-approved legislation allowing concealed carry for Illinois. I was proud to see both sides of the aisle come together to pass this vital legislation. Thanks to our bipartisan negotiations, Illinois will have the most stringent training requirements in the country, while preserving this constitutional right for Illinois citizens.
- Advocacy: I currently serve as a House Republican Floor Leader. In this position, I am a lead debater on any issue that comes before the General Assembly. This gives me a unique opportunity to make sure that your voice is heard in Springfield.
The 2014 election promises to be an important moment in the history of Illinois, with new leadership in the House Republican Organization and the race for the Governor’s office. This gives us a significant opportunity to work together and get our state on track. It has been the honor of my life to serve you for the last ten years, and I hope to continue to represent you as we fight toward this goal.
The reelection campaign starts now with the circulation of petitions to secure our place on the ballot...
Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!