Local legislators get their committee, leadership assingments

February 14, 2019

Local legislators recently were assigned to their state House and Senate committees and leadership roles for the 101st General Assembly.

State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, of the 90th House District, is serving on the Appropriations-Human Services, Prescription Drug Affordability and Access, Healthcare Availability and Access, Human Services, and Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT committees.

“Human Services is the largest area of state spending, and ensuring that taxpayer funds are allocated in a manner that maximizes people’s ability to access to the health care they need is vital,” Demmer said.

“Access to affordable medications is another critical component of adequate health care, and I look forward to working with other members on this committee to improve overall safety, processes and outcomes.”

Demmer is also a deputy Republican leader for the General Assembly.

State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, of the 71st House District, was named to the Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policy, Judiciary: Criminal, Transportation: Regulation and Roads, Economic Opportunity and Equity, and Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT committees.

“I will use my voice to advocate for policies that will foster economic growth through infrastructure investments and economic reforms, reduce the impact of unfunded mandates on our schools, and truly reform our criminal justice system.”

She’s also part of the Illinois State Legislative Audit Commission.

State Sen. Brian Stewart, R-Freeport, of the 45th Senate District, was appointed to the Criminal Law, Appropriations I, Executive Appointments, Human Services, Insurance, and Veterans Affairs committees.

He’s also part of the Legislative Ethics Commission.

State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, of the 36th Senate District, was named minority spokesman for the Licensed Activities Committee, and serves on the Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Energy and Public Utilities, and Commerce and Economic Development committees.

State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, of the 89th House District, was named to the Agriculture and Conservation, Human Services Appropriations, Cities and Villages, Mental Health, Judiciary-Civil, and Economic Opportunity and Equity committees as well as the Commercial Law and the Constitutional Law subcommittees.

“I grew up in a rural community that relies heavily on agriculture as a primary driver of its economy,” Chesney said. “Farmers deserve a strong voice in Springfield, and these issues are very important for me to protect.”

State Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, of the 74th House District, was appointed to the Public Safety Appropriations, Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policy, Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, and the Agriculture and Conservation committees.

“A new committee assignment for me is the Mental Health Committee,” Swanson said. “I look forward to serving on this committee to bring awareness to the needs of mental health services and care in rural communities across our state.”