Dwight D. Kay

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Dwight D. Kay
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Illinois House of Representatives District 112
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTaylor University, 1970
BirthdayMay 5, 1947
Place of birthWheaton, Il
ProfessionVice President, Cassens Transport
Office website
Campaign website
Dwight D. Kay (b. May 5, 1947) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 112. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Kay earned his B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration from Taylor University in 1970. H professional experience includes working as Vice President of Cassens Transport, campaign chairman for Illinois Appellate Court Justice Stephen McGlynn and finance chairman for Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier's.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Public Safety
Economic Development
Labor & Commerce


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kay served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Kay's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The # 1 issue in Illinois and here in the Metro East is JOBS. Restoring jobs and opportunity requires creating a positive environment for businesses to grow and entrepreneurs to succeed. Small businesses and employers in Illinois are overtaxed and overregulated."
  • Repeal the Tax Hike
Excerpt: "I strongly support repeal of the 67% income tax increase imposed on Illinois families and employers in 2011 – a tax hike my predecessor cast the deciding vote in favor of. This tax increase has stagnated economic growth and driven jobs and opportunity out of Illinois; all while making it harder for working families to make ends meet."
  • A State that Lives Within Its Means
Excerpt: "For over a decade, Springfield politicians have spent more money than they had, plunging our state into historic debt that has led to job-killing tax increases, credit downgrades, and billions in unpaid bills. ...Together we can bring Springfield’s reckless spending-spree to an end and restore a balanced budget to Illinois by electing leaders committed to living within our means."
  • Pro Life
Excerpt: "I support the sanctity of life. I believe that life begins at conception and that each and every human life is worthy of dignity and respect. I will support legislation that defends the value of human life and strengthens families."
  • Gun Rights
Excerpt: "I support our Second Amendment rights, plain and simple. Illinois is the only state in the nation that does not currently allow law-abiding citizens to legally carry a firearm for self-defense. Current gun laws are ineffective at taking guns out of the hands of criminals and only serve to limit an individual’s ability to protect themselves and their families."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Cullen L. Cullen ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Dwight D. Kay ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Cullen and Kay will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kay won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 112. Kay was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Marleen Suarez (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 112, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDwight D. Kay Incumbent 50.3% 24,531
     Democratic Marleen Suarez 49.7% 24,202
Total Votes 48,733


Kay defeated Democratic incumbent Jay C. Hoffman in the state's November 2, 2010 general election.[8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 112 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dwight D. Kay (R) 19,689 51.63%
Jay C. Hoffman (D) 18,449 48.37%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kay is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kay raised a total of $1,290,920 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[9]

Dwight D. Kay's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 112 Won $260,388
2010 Illinois State House, District 112 Won $670,494
2008 Illinois State House, District 112 Defeated $360,038
Grand Total Raised $1,290,920


Kay won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kay raised a total of $260,388.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dwight D. Kay's campaign in 2012
Illinois Republican Party$47,249
We Mean Business$40,000
For The Good of Illinois$14,500
Cassens Transport Co$11,000
Illinois Chamber of Commerce$11,000
Total Raised in 2012$260,388
Source:Follow the Money


Kay won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kay raised a total of $670,494.


Kay lost the election for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kay raised a total of $360,038.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Illinois

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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[10]

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.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[12][13]


Kay received a score of 75.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 12th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[13]



In 2012, Kay's endorsements included the following:[14]

  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB SAFE Trust)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Illinois
  • ‘A’ rating from the NRA


Kay and his wife, Nancy, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jay C. Hoffman
Illinois House of Representatives District 112
Succeeded by