Today I was named to the House Republican Leadership Team for the 101st General Assembly. It is an honor to to serve my caucus and the people of Illinois in the role of Deputy Republican Leader. The House Republican Leadership team for the 101st General Assembly includes:

Deputy Republican Leaders
Rep. Dan Brady
Rep. Tom Demmer

Assistant Republican Leaders
Rep. Avery Bourne
Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer
Rep. Norine Hammond
Rep. Michael McAuliffe
Rep. Grant Wehrli
Rep. Keith Wheeler

Rep. Tim Butler will serve as Conference Chair
Rep. Mark Batinick will serve as Floor Leader

101st General Assembly Takes Oath of Office in Springfield
On Wednesday, January 9, it was an honor to be sworn into office for a fourth term in the Illinois General Assembly. The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly includes 74 Democrats and 44 Republicans, and I will continue to represent approximately 108,000 residents from Ogle, Lee, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties. During the inauguration ceremony, Representative Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) was re-elected Speaker of the House and Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) was re-elected House Minority Leader. In his remarks to the newly-convened House, Leader Durkin pledged to uphold Republican principles and to work together with newly-elected Gov. J.B. Pritzker whenever possible for the good of the State of Illinois. 

The newly-convened 101st General Assembly faces challenging problems of governance, including Illinois’ structural budget deficit, underfunded tax-supported pension systems, and a growing pattern of out-migration to other states by young, ambitious adults eager for success in the private sector. House Republicans are determined to make Illinois a good place for hard-working people to live and raise families.

Within our caucus, 13 new Republican lawmakers took the oath of office and joined the ranks of the freshman class of the 101st General Assembly. Click here to learn about the new members of the House Republican Caucus.

I am in the process of finalizing a comprehensive 2019 legislative agenda that focuses on improving access and delivery of health care services, protects taxpayers, eases consolidation processes and improves government operations. I welcome your input and suggestions. If you have an idea to share, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at tom@tomdemmer.com, or by phone at (815) 561-3690. You can learn more about my legislation by visiting www.tomdemmer.com.

Rep. Reick appointed to serve on bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has announced the appointment of State Representative Steve Reick to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), a bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislative oversight committee. Three House Republicans serve on JCAR, and Reick will join Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) and me on the Committee.

The members of JCAR oversee the rule-making process by state agencies, making sure the rules abide by the original intent of legislators when laws are passed. The committee is composed of 12 legislators who are appointed by the legislative leadership, with the membership apportioned equally between the two houses and the two political parties. It is co-chaired by two members representing each party and each legislative house. The members of JCAR are also charged with making sure the General Assembly is adequately informed of how laws are implemented through agency rulemaking and facilitating a public understanding of rules and regulations.
State Representative Tom Demmer has announced the start of his fourth annual “Rich History of the 90th District” Photo Contest. Winning photos will be displayed throughout all of 2019 at the Representative’s Springfield and local District office.

“In the past I have had a great response to this contest,” said Demmer. “I am always impressed by the quality and creativity of the entries. The 90th District is filled with eye-catching beauty, and contest participants have continually captured the heart and splendor of the 90th District through the lenses of their cameras.”

Contest participants should submit their photos of historical sites, buildings and landmarks that highlight the rich history of the district and the region. A map of the 90th District can be found at www.tomdemmer.com. Participants may submit as many entries as they would like before the deadline of 6:00 PM on Friday, February 8. Participants should include their name, phone number and location where the photo was taken with each entry. Entries should be emailed to photos@tomdemmer.com.

“I will choose winning entries and invite photographers for a photo and unveiling at my district office or in Springfield,” said Demmer.

For additional information about the photo contest, please call the Demmer Rochelle office at (815) 561-3690.
State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was sworn into a fourth term in the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday at a ceremony held at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly includes 74 Democrats and 44 Republicans, and Demmer will represent approximately 110,000 residents from northwestern Illinois’ Ogle, Lee, DeKalb and LaSalle Counties. During the inauguration ceremony, Representative Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago) was re-elected Speaker of the House and Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) was re-elected House Minority Leader.

“As we enter this new General Assembly, I look forward to many opportunities for bipartisanship that can lead Illinois down a better path toward economic prosperity,” said Demmer. “We face many challenges, but our best work takes place when we set partisanship aside and work collaboratively.”

Demmer pointed to several bills from the previous General Assembly that were approved with bipartisan support and are now law, and said, “We came together on several instances to enact meaningful reforms to health care delivery systems and to approve measures that addressed public safety. I am hopeful that same spirit of cooperation can be used to address other pressing issues, such as pension debt and the need for term limits and fair maps.”

Within the House Republican Caucus, Demmer serves on the nine-member leadership team as Deputy Republican Leader. As the second-highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Demmer will have a key voice in setting the House Republican agenda for the next two years. He was elevated to the position of Deputy Leader in July of 2018 after previously serving as the House Republican Caucus Chair.

As the 118 members of the General Assembly begin their work, Demmer is finalizing a comprehensive 2019 legislative agenda that focuses on improving access an delivery of health care services, protects taxpayers, eases consolidation processes and improves government operations.

Residents of the 90th District can learn more about legislation sponsored by Demmer during the spring legislative session on his website at www.tomdemmer.org.