WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) issued the following statement following Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address on Wednesday.

“It’s important to understand that we must provide opportunities and not simply think we can tax away the problems we face today.  We must create the opportunities for our youth and our working class by bringing jobs back into Illinois.  The Governor could have droned on about the bad things facing Illinois, but instead he struck an optimistic tone about addressing those opportunities,” said Rep. Dan Swanson.

74th District residents can learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Swanson during the Spring legislative session at his website at www.repswanson.com.

WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) voted NO on House Rules proposed by Speaker Madigan on Tuesday.

“As a former school board member, I know that the way that business is conducted in the Illinois House is not only more restrictive than any other state, but is also not how we teach our students that our democracy works,” said Swanson.

Under House Rules, the all-powerful House Rules Committee has the ability to sideline any proposal not supported by Speaker Madigan and his legislative majority.  Public Posting requirements are lax or non-existent and there are no limits on the amount of terms a legislative leader may serve.

“We should be able to tell our schoolchildren with a straight face that
WOODHULL… State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) was sworn in to his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday during the inauguration of the historic 100th General Assembly held at the University of Illinois-Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium.

“What an historic honor it was to be sworn in to the 100th General Assembly at a time when public service can make such a difference in the lives of Illinois citizens,” said Swanson.  “I know why my constituents sent me here and I don’t intend to let them down.”

“I want to thank State Representative Don and Carolyn Moffitt for their years of service to our region and the State of Illinois,” continued Swanson.

Rep. Swanson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel serving in both the Illinois Army National Guard and United States Army.  He was elected to replace retiring State Representative Don Moffitt in November.  Swanson is a graduate of AlWood Community Schools, Black Hawk East and Western Illinois University.  He enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard on August 11, 1977 and retired January 31, 2001.  On July 1, 2007 he was recalled to Active duty serving a one-year tour in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.  He was again recalled to Active Duty on April 3, 2010 serving three years at the Rock Island Arsenal leading a team of civilians and soldiers transferring a mission from the Pentagon to Rock Island Arsenal.  He completed over 27 years military service.

Swanson served for over 17 years on the AlWood (Alpha and Woodhull) Board of Education. He served two years on the Henry County Board, but was required to resign when called back to Active Duty.  Swanson later served as Superintendent of the Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission.  He is actively engaged with the 5th generation Swanson family farm near Andover.  Rep. Swanson is married to the former Tammy Snider of Kewanee. They have two adult children, and reside near Alpha.

Swanson further announced on Wednesday that he voluntarily rejected both a legislative pension and healthcare benefits from the State of Illinois for his service in the Illinois General Assembly.  “This was a promise I made last year when running for office and I fully intend to follow-through on that promise,” said Swanson. 

The House of Representatives of the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans.  Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term.  Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.

74th District residents can learn more about legislation sponsored by Rep. Swanson during the Spring legislative session at his website at www.repswanson.com.