|Illinois House of Representatives District 52|
|2013 - Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Barrington High School|
|Bachelor's||Duke University (1987)|
|Master's||Duke Fuqua School of Business (1988)|
|Place of birth||Park Ridge, Illinois|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 Controversies
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McSweeney served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education|
|• Personnel & Pensions|
|• Revenue & Finance|
|• State Government Administration|
|• Tollway Oversight|
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).
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.
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.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||David McSweeney Incumbent||59.3%||26,761|
|Illinois House of Representatives Republican Primary, 2012|
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.
|David McSweeney's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Illinois State House, District 52||$1,459,350|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,459,350|
2012McSweeney won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McSweeney raised a total of $1,459,350.
|Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to David McSweeney's campaign in 2012|
|Roeser, John O||$145,000|
|Uihlein, Richard E||$90,000|
|Cancer Treatment Centers of America||$35,000|
|Hager Street Limited Partnership||$20,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$1,459,350|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2012, McSweeney's endorsements included the following:
- 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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McSweeney and his wife, Margaret, have two children.
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. 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. 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.
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- Illinois House of Representatives
- House Committees
- Illinois State Legislature
- Illinois state legislative districts
- Profile from the Illinois House
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- David McSweeney on Facebook
- David McSweeney on Twitter
- Profile from Open States
- Campaign finance information for 2006 Illinois District 8 campaign
- Candidate questionnaire at The Chicago Tribune
- Candidate questionnaire at The Daily Herald
- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money: 2012
- Official campaign website, "Biography," accessed February 26, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- The Chicago Tribune, "Results List (Unofficial)," accessed November 5, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- Illinois State Board of Elections, accessed October 21, 2012
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "McSweeney, David," accessed July 22, 2013
- David McSweeney, "Endorsements," accessed October 21, 2012
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Total Raised and Spent in 2006 Race: Illinois District 08," accessed March 28, 2014
- Follow the Money, "David McSweeney," accessed May 14, 2014
- The Chicago Sun-Times, "Madigan’s presence felt in 52nd House District race," November 1, 2012
Kent Gaffney (R)
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