The Senate Republican Caucus welcomed three new members, Dale Fowler, Jil Tracy, and Paul Schimpf as the 100th General Assembly kicked off on January 11, 2017.
Senator Jil Tracy and her husband Jim live in Quincy, IL and have four grown children. Tracy previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives and was one of the 21 House members to sit on the Rod Blagojevich impeachment committee. Tracy, an attorney, was also a founding Board Member of the Brown County United Way and served for more than 13 years on the Mt. Sterling Park District Board.
“I’m so thankful to the voters in the 47th District for this opportunity,” said Tracy. “It's a privilege to serve, and I'm focused on making sure that I deliver the best possible constituent service to the people of West Central Illinois. It's historic to note the beginning of the 100th General Assembly but this isn’t a time to get comfortable. Illinois faces significant challenges and I am focused on providing great service, balancing our budget, fully funding education, taking care of our most vulnerable, and creating a business climate that allows us to get Illinois on track to a better future.”
Senator Paul Schimpf attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and upon graduating was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. In 1997, Schimpf was selected to participate in the Marine Corps Law Education Program and ultimately earned a law degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. Among the highlights of Senator Schimpf’s distinguished military and legal career was his 2005 deployment to Iraq where he served as the lead American attorney advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein. Schimpf and his wife, Lori, have two sons and live in Waterloo.
"It is my honor to have been entrusted with the awesome responsibility of representing 220,000 citizens of Southern Illinois. I will work hard every day for all of my constituents and I promise to always tell the truth," Schimpf said. “I am fully prepared to hit the ground running and look forward to helping make Illinois a better place to live and raise our families.”
Senator Dale Fowler grew up on his family’s farm in Eldorado, IL and managed the family meat packing business. He later went on to serve as Mayor of Harrisburg, promoting the city as a great location to not only do business, but raise a family. Fowler is founder and chairman of the board of the Fowler Bonan Foundation, best known for its "Clothes for Kids" of southern Illinois program. Fowler and his wife, Jil, have two children.
"Today is an especially special day to be sworn into office. My focus is on the people of the 59th Senate District and telling our story," Fowler said. “I have been blessed with this opportunity and am ready to help revitalize Southern Illinois for future generations.”