David McSweeney

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David McSweeney
Illinois House of Representatives District 52
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBarrington High School
Bachelor'sDuke University (1987)
Master'sDuke Fuqua School of Business (1988)
Place of birthPark Ridge, Illinois
ProfessionInvestment specialist
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David McSweeney is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


McSweeney earned his B.A. in Economics from Duke University in 1987 and his M.B.A. from Duke Fuqua School of Business in 1988. His professional experience includes working as an investment banker, financial consultant and as an investment specialist.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, McSweeney served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education
Consumer Protection
Economic Development & Housing
State Government Administration


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McSweeney served on the following committees:


Eliminating office of Lieutenant Governor

In a bill filed in the state house, McSweeney proposed eliminating the office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor. The bill, which would require a constitutional amendment and a voter referendum, passed the House 83 to 28. Current Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon (D) opposes the bill. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) served as Lieutenant Governor before the resignation of former Governor Rod Blagojevich (D).[2]



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Bill Downs ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while David McSweeney ran unopposed in the Republican primary. McSweeney then defeated Downs in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 52, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid McSweeney Incumbent 69.6% 22,676
     Democratic Bill Downs 30.4% 9,911
Total Votes 32,587


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

McSweeney won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 52. McSweeney defeated incumbent Kent Gaffney and Danielle Rowe in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Independent Dee Beaubien in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9][10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid McSweeney Incumbent 59.3% 26,761
     Independent Dee Beaubien 40.7% 18,392
Total Votes 45,153
Illinois House of Representatives Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid McSweeney 41.3% 4,762
Kent Gaffney 34.6% 3,985
Danielle Rowe 24.1% 2,775
Total Votes 11,522

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McSweeney is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McSweeney raised a total of $1,459,350 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 22, 2013.[11]

David McSweeney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 52 Won $1,459,350
Grand Total Raised $1,459,350


McSweeney won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McSweeney raised a total of $1,459,350.



In 2012, McSweeney's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • Dan Rutherford - Illinois State Treasurer
  • Tom Cross - Illinois House Republican Leader
  • Kent Gaffney - State Representative, 52nd District
  • Pamela J. Althoff - Illinois State Senator, 32nd District
  • Dan Duffy - Illinois State Senator, 26th District


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[13]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


McSweeney and his wife, Margaret, have two children.[1]


Campaign funding sources

McSweeney self-financed his 2006 campaign with $2,766,938, 55% of his total campaign financing, with only 30% attributed to individual contributions.[15] As of early November 2012, the 2012 State House race was the most expensive in Illinois, with about $1.5 million raised between the two candidates. McSweeney again relied heavily on self-financing.[16] His opponent, Independent Dee Beaubien, has purportedly had $428,000 in donations to her coming from three campaign funds operated by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. David McSweeney suggested in an interview that this funding showed she was not actually a political independent, but rather a de facto member of the Democratic Party.[17]

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Preceded by
Kent Gaffney (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 52
Succeeded by