State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) announced her campaign for re-election to the state senate in the 38th District.
Rezin has served in the General Assembly since 2010 and in the state senate since her appointment in December 2010.
“My team and I are focused on promoting legislation that will support law enforcement and mental health organizations, and will increase public safety and lower taxes in our neighborhoods and around the state,” Rezin said in a press release issued Wednesday. “After speaking with countless constituents, business leaders, and elected officials in our district, I believe there is still more work to do together, and I am honored by the support of my campaign to continue to represent this amazing community.”
Sen. Rezin is known as one of the hardest-working members of the Illinois Senate, who works with all stakeholders to craft and support legislation to improve economic opportunities in her district.
Rezin opposed Gov. JB Pritzker’s progressive income tax. She was awarded the Transformer of the Year Award by Transform Illinois for her efforts to lower property taxes in Illinois.
Rezin helped lead her caucus’ fight opposing Pritzker’s repeal of the Parental Notification Act, a requirement doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion.
“As a mother of four, I believe that parents, rather than politicians, know what is best for our children and I am dedicated to fighting against the political elite who continue to overreach into the everyday lives and decisions of Illinois families,” Rezin said.
She also led her caucus in calling for investigations into the systematic failures at the Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle on how multiple administrative failures contributed to the death of 36 veterans from complications related to COVID-19. She introduced legislation to change how the state responds to outbreaks.
“Our veterans deserve better,” Rezin said. “We must stand up for those who gave their all to stand up for us. I will remain vigilant on this issue to try and make it harder for bureaucrats to skirt their responsibility to our brave service members in the future.”
Rezin was the Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2018 Legislator of the Year.
Rezin authored and passed legislation preventing elder abuse and protecting those with pre-existing health conditions.
A former school board member, Rezin said improving educational opportunities for children in her district is a top priority in her career. Aside from her work at the statehouse, she teamed up with local partners to establish the Grundy County Summer Internship Program and the Operations Engineering and Technician technical program at Joliet Junior College and received the Legislator of the Year award for her work on behalf of community colleges.
Rezin was elected to the Illinois Legislature in 2010, and serves as the Senate Republican Deputy Leader. She sits on several committees including the influential Senate Executive and Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Committees.
As the minority spokesperson on the Senate Energy and Public Utilities, Rezin led Senate Republican negotiations this year’s comprehensive energy legislation that passed with bipartisan support.
Rezin serves on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Executive Committee and Energy Supply Task Force and on the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ Board of Directors, an organization that honored her with the 2020 Women of Excellence Award.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Political Science with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Augustana College and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
Rezin has has served for 25 years as a volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois, a volunteer for the Edgar Fellows leadership program and as a board member and past vice president for the Community Foundation of Greater Grundy County.
Rezin lives in Morris with her husband Dr. Keith Rezin and is the co-owner and manager of her family’s real estate company. Together they have four adult children.
The newly drawn 38th District includes all or part of the following counties: Bureau, DeKalb, Grundy, Kendall, La Salle and Will.