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The 13th Congressional District includes a portions of McLean. Other counties in the district include  Bond, Champaign, Madison, Sangamon Christian, Calhoun, De Witt, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Montgomery and Piatt counties.

RODNEY DAVIS

ABOUT THE CANDIDATE

Davis was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but has lived in Taylorville since the age of 7. He attended Taylorville Senior High School and went on to attend Millikin University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992 for political science.

Davis has been married for 25 years to his high school sweetheart, Shannon. They reside in Taylorville with their daughter Toryn and twin sons Clark and Griffin.

Before being elected to Congress, Davis served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus (IL-15) for 16 years.

He is currently serving in Congress representing the 13th Congressional District which includes the counties Calhoun, Christian, De Witt, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Montgomery and Piatt. It also includes portions of Bond, Campaign, Madison, McLean and Sangamon counties.

While in Congress, Davis serves on the House Committee for Agriculture, House Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure and as a ranking member on the House Administration committee. He also serves on the Subcommittee for Biotechnology, Horticulture and research, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and Subcommittee on Railroad, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

Before being elected to Congress, Davis worked for then Secretary of State George Ryan. He also managed the first reelection campaign for Shimkus who is the representative for Illinois’ 15th Congressional District.


BETSY DIRKSEN LONDRIGAN  

ABOUT THE CANDIDATE

Londrigan is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis to represent Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.

She was born and raised in Springfield and currently resides there with her husband Tom and their three kids Jack, William and Kathryn.

Londrigan attended Springfield High School and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with bachelor’s degrees in political science and rhetoric and composition.

After graduating, she went on to be a Corps member with Teach for America and taught middle school in Baltimore before returning to Springfield to start and direct the alumni association for University of Illinois-Springfield.

She has also worked for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin as a fundraiser and as a development officer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

In 2018, Londrigan came within less than 1% of the vote in unseating Davis.

Londrigan decided to run for public office to represent her community and to keep the Affordable Care Act for residents.

In 2009, her 12 year-old-son, Jack, was in the pediatric intensive care unit in critical condition with a rare, life-threatening illness. She relied on insurance to help cover costs of the medical bills. Since her family’s own experience, she has spent time fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network and St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

GRACE KINNICUTT is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at gkinnic@ilstu.edu Follow Kinnicutt on Twitter at @GKinnicutt 


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