SPRINGFIELD – With the retirement of State Rep. Renee Kosel (R-Mokena) earlier this year, the mantle of Dean of the House Republican Women has been passed to State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale), who also serves as the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
The House Republican women range in age from their late sixties to the newest member of the group, Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) who at 22 years old, is believed to be the youngest legislator in Illinois history. Rep. Bellock reflected on her new role as the dean after a recent informal gathering of House Republican women in Springfield to discuss policy goals and strategy for 2015.
“I’ve been very privileged to learn from some amazing women trailblazers in the General Assembly over the years since I first came to Springfield in 1999,” Rep. Bellock said. “Women like Mary Lou Cowlishaw from Naperville and Kay Wojcik from Schaumburg, who had both entered the House in the early 1980’s when there were very few Republican women leaders at the Capitol, left a strong imprint on our caucus.
Rep. Bellock serves the 47th District, which includes portions of Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Burr Ridge and Western Springs.
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Pictured: (Standing, left to right: Rep. Terri Bryant, Rep. Norine Hammond, Rep. Sheri Jesiel, Rep. Patti Bellock, Rep. Avery Bourne, Rep. Barbara Wheeler. Seated, left to right: Rep. Christine Winger, Rep. Jeanne Ives, Rep. Margo McDermed).