Thursday, August 7, 2014

Republican Senate Leader Radogno, Appoints Two Senators to Her Leadership Team

Springfield– Illinois Senate Minority Leader Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) has appointed two Senators to new leadership positions. Current Republican Whip Senator Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) has been named Assistant Senate Republican Leader and Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) has been appointed Republican Whip.

“Both Senators Bivins and Rezin have been leaders in our caucus since they were sworn in,” said Sen. Radogno. “As Republican Whip, Senator Bivins’ insight has proven invaluable to me and our Caucus. I look forward to continue building on that experience. Senator Rezin brings tremendous energy, fresh ideas and forward-thinking to her new role. Together our focus remains on building a bigger and stronger Caucus while working to improve Illinois for all its citizens.”

The Senate Republican Leadership team works hand-in-hand with Leader Radogno to develop strategy and an agenda on issues of importance to families in Illinois.

“Serving on the leadership team has given me, and the citizens of northwest Illinois, a better opportunity to guide the course of legislation and issues that affect us all on a daily basis,” Bivins said. “My new role as Assistant Senate Republican Leader will allow me to play an even stronger role in strategy and policy discussions as decisions are made about the future of our state.”

“I am truly thrilled to take on this new role to help lead our caucus, and I thank Senator Radogno for the opportunity,” said Senator Rezin. “I believe our team can and will make an immediate and positive impact on this state for all of its residents.”

Senator Bivins has served in the Illinois Senate since 2008. He has 32 years of experience in law enforcement, including 20 as Lee County Sheriff. A number of bills sponsored by Senator Bivins – covering ethics, local schools, law enforcement, protecting consumers from identity theft, and safe disposal of household hazardous wastes – have been passed by lawmakers. The 45th District Senator also finished all seven of his fiscal years with money to spare in his legislative account – which he returned to the state’s coffers.

Senator Rezin has served in the Senate since 2008. She has put her years of business experience to work in the General Assembly, fighting to improve the economy and working to reduce unemployment in Illinois. Inside her district, she has championed local causes, including leading the effort to improve flood prevention efforts to protect residents’ homes and businesses.

The position of Assistant Leader was recently vacated by outgoing Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), who left to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.

“Senator Dillard’s years of dedication to the Senate and his contributions to public service have made an immeasurable difference for the citizens of this state and our caucus,” said Sen. Radogno.  “I will miss working with Kirk on a daily basis, but I am excited about our new leadership team and look forward to what we can accomplish together.” 


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