Newly-elected Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) was sworn in to the 102nd General Assembly this week, affirming her position in the Illinois Senate as the State Senator for the 58th District.
“It is truly a privilege to join the ranks of Senate Republican lawmakers who are representing the conservative values of Illinois citizens,” said Sen. Bryant. “I look forward to getting to work and bringing the same energy and passion to the Senate Chambers that I had serving the constituency of the 115th House District.”
Sen. Bryant joins the Senate Republican Caucus after having served the past six years as the State Representative for the 115th House District. Sen. Bryant was elected to fill the seat of former-State Senator Paul Schimpf.
Sen. Bryant is optimistic that in her new role as a State Senator, she can bring a strong, female voice to the Republican caucus and bring a fresh perspective to the upper chamber that reflects the needs of the residents and businesses in the 58th District.
“As we continue down the long road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers must recognize the fact that businesses and residents are struggling. The crisis and the failures in leadership from the Governor’s Administration have created lasting devastation for so many,” said Sen. Bryant. “In this new General Assembly, I’m hopeful that lawmakers set aside political ploys and agendas. We have to prioritize addressing our budget issues, helping the business community of this state and getting people back to work so that we can move Illinois forward.”
Sen. Bryant will not only bring her knowledge as a State Representative to the chamber, but also her experience having worked in the Illinois Department of Corrections and as a small-business owner.
“I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in the General Assembly and being a strong, vocal advocate for the region,” said Sen. Bryant. “It’s an honor to have been elected to this position and I will do everything in my power to fight for the citizens of Southern Illinois.”
The 58th Senate District is comprised of all or parts of Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Monroe, Jackson, Union, and Washington counties. Sen. Bryant took the Oath of Office alongside her colleagues on Jan. 13.