Thomas M. Bennett
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Thomas M. Bennett

Republican

State Representative, District 106

Illinois

Addresses

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Capitol
220-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL. 62706
Watseka District Office
342 West Walnut Street
Watseka, IL. 60970
Pontiac District Office
311 North Mill Street, Suite 2
Pontiac, IL. 61764
Springfield
220 Stratton Office Building Room 220-N
Springfield, IL. 62706
Pontiac
311 N. Mill St. Suite 2
Pontiac, IL. 61764
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Thomas M. Bennett

State Representative, District 106
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65
Years of Age
6
Years of Experience
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Thomas Michael Bennett (born June 8, 1956) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives who represents the 106th district. The 106th district, located in Central Illinois, includes all or parts of Ford, Iroquois, Vermillion, Livingston and Woodford counties.Prior to his election to the Illinois House of Representatives, he was Chairman of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, taking over for James L. Ayers in April 2012. He was succeeded by Dana Trimble. In 2016, he was selected as an elector from Illinois's 16th congressional district who would have been pledged to Donald Trump and Mike Pence had they won Illinois's 20 electoral votes.Bennett is a lifelong resident of Gibson City. He worked at State Farm for 30 years and was previously a teacher at Melvin-Sibley High School. Tom and his wife Kathy, a retired high school teacher, have two children and four grandchildren. His nephew, Scott Bennett, represents Champaign–Urbana. On January 28, 2020, Governor J.B. Prizker appointed Bennett to serve as a member of the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission for a term ending June 30, 2022. He was not confirmed during the 101st General Assembly and his appointment was carried over to the 102nd General Assembly for consideration.

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Experience

Education

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Nova Southern University
DBA Business Administration
2004 - 2009
Illinois State University
MBA Business Administration
1985 - 1990
Illinois State University
BS Applied Computer Science
1980 - 1985
Eastern Illinois University
BS Education
1974 - 1978

Past Positions

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Assistant Republican Leader
Illinois State House of Representatives
2021 - Current
Representative
Illinois State House of Representatives
2015 - Current
Manager
State Farm Insurance, Corporate Office
1985 - 2015

Other Experience

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Chair
Republican GOP County
Current
Member
Masonic Lodge
Current
Member
Rotary International
Current
Secretary
Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association
Current
Member
GCMS Education Foundation
1997 - Current
Former Chair
Parkland College Board of Trustees
Former President
Association of Community College Trustees
Former President
Illinois Community College Trustee Association
Former Member
Subcommittee on Special Issues in Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Revenue and Finance Subcommittee on Income Tax, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Revenue and Finance Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Labor and Commerce Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Health Care Availability and Accessibility Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Workforce Reconciliation, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Higher Education Subcommittee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Counties and Townships Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Consumer Protection Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
State Government Administration Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Appropriations Committee, Higher Education, Illinois State House of Representatives
Former Member
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Committee, Illinois State House of Representatives