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Springfield, IL… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) today took the Oath of Office for the 99th General Assembly.  Leitch serves as Deputy Republican Leader, which is the #2 position in House Republican Leadership and he is the senior-most House Republican member serving in the caucus.  While Illinois House Committee Assignments have not yet been issued, Rep. Leitch has been a long-serving member of the Human Services-Appropriations Committee, where he hopes to continue his work in updating Illinois archaic human services delivery system.

Leitch stated that he is proud to be able to, “continue representing all of my constituents in Springfield, but I am especially proud of the work we have done for the most vulnerable among us- the developmentally disabled, mentally ill, and those in need of assistance from our human service providers.”

Leitch was first elected to the House in 1988 after having served previously in the Illinois State Senate.

“With the end of purely one-party rule in Springfield, I look forward to facing the many challenges that lie ahead in fixing the structural budgetary problems Illinois is facing after decades of one-party rule,” said Rep. Leitch about his cautious optimism in tackling the state budget problems over the next term, “but it’s important to realize we didn’t get into this mess over-night and it’s going to take some very tough choices to get out of it.”

For more information about this issue, please contact Rep. Leitch’s office at 309-690-7373.

It was my privilege to sponsor and pass House Resolution 844 honoring Judge John Gorman on his retirement as Federal Magistrate in Peoria.

John is a former Chief Judge of the 10th Circuit and has been a great influence on our justice system in not only Peoria, but all of Illinois. John is a great friend with whom I have worked for over 30 years. I am so proud to honor his career and I wish him all the best in enjoying time with his family in retirement!

Below is a picture of his Swearing-In as Chief Judge of the 10th Circuit.