Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno announced today the appointment of Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) as Deputy Minority Leader. Radogno made her announcement as the resignation of Senator Matt Murphy, announced last month, became official on Thursday.
“I have had the privilege to know and work with Dave Luechtefeld for 20 years,” said Radogno. “Dave is a tireless fighter for the needs of southern Illinois, while also demonstrating his leadership skills and ability to see the state as a whole. Dave and I began our careers as freshman seatmates on the floor of the Illinois Senate. With this appointment, he will end his career as my seatmate.” Luechtefeld, who has served in the Illinois Senate since 1995, was previously serving in leadership as the Assistant Minority Leader.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Deputy Leader through the end of my term,” said Luechtefeld. “As Illinois continues to face many difficult challenges in the months ahead, I am hopeful that as Deputy Leader I can contribute in a new way in meeting those challenges.”
Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) moves up to replace Luechtefeld as Assistant Republican Leader. Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) will now be the newest member of the team as the new Senate Republican Whip.
The appointments take effect immediately. The position carries no increase in salary. Luechtefeld is not a member of the General Assembly retirement system and will receive no General Assembly pension.
The appointments were made following Deputy Republican Leader State Senator Matt Murphy’s (R-Arlington) announcement that he is officially retiring from legislative office.