Thomas M. Bennett
State Representative, District 106Illinois
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Thomas M. BennettState Representative, District 106
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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