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Get to Know Susan

A Born Leader

Susan was raised along the Iroquois River in her great-great grandparents three room house. Her family was not wealthy but she was blessed with a loving, hardworking family who empowered her commitment to God, family, community, and county! Past and presently she has served on numerous boards and organizations from county to state levels and many in the role of President. Her humble beginning, strong ethics and political experience has given her the necessary leadership needed to serve the residents of the 53rd district. 

Political Experience

  • Chief of Staff for Representative Tom Bennett

  • Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for Representative Josh Harms

  • Downstate/Springfield Director for Illinois Lieutenant Governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti

    • Principal staffer for the Governors Rural Affairs Council

    • Policy development in the following areas:

      • Workforce Development

      • Rural Health

      • Education

      • Economic Development

    • Assisted with the development and implication of the Illinois Opioid Task Force

    • Facilitated/produced legislation:

      • Combat the over prescribing of opioids 

      • Telehealth parody 

      • Legalizing the production hemp

      • Angel investment 

      • Reducing the fees for business start ups

  • Elected three times to the Iroquois County Board

    • Chairman of the Judicial and Public Safety committee

    • Served on the Finance, Health, and Policy and Procedure committees

  • Vice President of the Board of Governors, Illinois Lincoln Series

    • Helped to regenerate and revitalize the leadership program

  • National Federation of Republican Women

    • Represented Illinois, Board of Directors

    • Legislative Committee

    • Regent member

  • Illinois Federation of Republican Women

    • Past President, legislative chairman

    • Current Parliamentarian

  • Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club

    • Past President (different terms)

    • Current bylaws and legislative chairman

  • Republican National Convention Delegate

  • Illinois Republican Convention Delegate


Community Service

  • President, Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce

  • President, Watseka Kiwanis Club

  • Chairman of the Board, Illinois Rural Partners

  • Founder and Past Chairman, Iroquois County Opioid Coalition

  • Illinois Rural Health Association, Board of Directors

  • Iroquois County Historical Society and Old Courthouse Museum, Board of Directors

  • Ford-Iroquois 4H Foundation, Board of Directors

  • Juvenile Justice Council (founding member) of Iroquois County

  • Kankakee County Opioid Task Force

  • 4H Leader – Full STEAM 4H Club

  • Toys for Tots Volunteer

  • VFW Auxiliary, Lifetime Member

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