|Address||565 Aberdeen Drive |
Crete, Illinois 60417, United States
|| March 01, 1958
Jan 30, 2018 09:05am
|Info||Debbie DeFrancesco Halvorson |
Debbie Halvorson is a lifelong resident of the 11th congressional district. She grew up in the south suburbs and currently lives in the village of Crete in eastern Will county. For the past decade, she has been a voice for progress in the Illinois State Senate. She’s also the first woman elected to Majority Leader in Illinois history.
Debbie has built a reputation in Springfield as one of the hardest working legislators in our state. Her constituents have sent her back to the Senate four times because of her dedication to finding solutions for their needs.
Her experience includes 14 years as a small businesswoman and three years as the Crete Township Clerk. She is also a teacher—Debbie currently lectures at her alma mater, Governor’s State University.
Debbie is married to Jim Bush. Together they have four children and four grandchildren, including one son who served in Iraq and who will be deployed to Afghanistan this spring. Debbie holds degrees from Governor’s State University, Robert Morris College and Prairie State College.
Throughout her career in public service, Debbie has been a leading advocate for the issues that matter most to her south suburban district—labor, health care, and education.
She maintains an active role as a leader in her community. Debbie is the past chairman of the bi-partisan Southland Caucus, and currently serves as co-chair of the Coalition of Women Legislators. She also holds positions on several statewide task forces. She attended the Darden School for Emerging Political Leaders at the University of Virginia and completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Debbie understands the importance and need for our government to be responsive to the needs of its people. With the challenges that lay ahead for our country, she hopes to take the skills she’s learned and the reputation she’s earned as an effective state senator to the national level, in order to fully represent the 11th district’s needs.
An accomplished legislator
As a state senator, Debbie Halvorson compiled a strong record in support of working families by addressing the everyday challenges they face.
Debbie led the movement to provide affordable prescription drugs to all senior citizens and those with disabilities, regardless of income.
She sponsored and passed Senate Bill 3, which is the first in the nation to create a new program that would offer all seniors and those with disabilities in Illinois access to cheaper prescription drugs without having to go to another country.
She also personally drafted the legislation that was enacted to protect senior citizens checking into nursing homes. One of Senator Halvorson's successful domestic violence initiatives requires that orders of protection from other states be enforced in the same manner as those that originated in Illinois.
Debbie was the chief sponsor of one of Illinois’ toughest laws ever dealing with hit-and-run drivers. She is also responsible for passing legislation increasing the penalties for the harassment of minors via electronic communications, making it a Class 4 felony to send Internet messages that attempt to arrange a sexual act with a child.