Josh Harms

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Josh Harms
Josh Harms.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 106
Former member
In office
2013 - 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWatseka Community High School (1992)
Bachelor'sIllinois State University (1997)
Master'sGovernors State University (2007)
Personal website
Campaign website
Josh Harms is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 106 from 2013 to 2015. Harms did not seek re-election.[1]


Harms earned his Bachelor's from Illinois State University in 1997 and his Master's degree from Governors State University in 2007. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture & Conservation
Appropriations-Higher Education
Business & Occupational Licenses
Cities & Villages
Economic Development
Veterans' Affairs


Campaign themes


Harms' campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Allow Businesses to Create Jobs
Excerpt: "The most important issue facing Illinois right now is a lack of jobs. "
  • School Reform
Excerpt: "I believe that parents should be responsible for the education of their children, and the state should be secondary to the parents."
  • Reform the Government
Excerpt: "You may not have noticed but Illinois is a mess. This is largely do to the politics that are playing out in Springfield."
  • Balance the Budget
Excerpt: "The state needs to spend less money than it takes in. Money can be saved in the following areas."
  • Fund the States Priorities
Excerpt: "The State has an obligation to fund certain programs. If I am elected I will make sure that Medicare and Education are fully funded."
  • Firearms
Excerpt: "I am a gun owner and avid hunter. If elected I will vigorously pursue concealed carry for law abiding citizens as well as a castle doctorine law. I will work to eliminate the FOID card. "
  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I am pro-life. If elected I will introduce legislation to restrict abortion in the state of Illinois."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harms won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 106. Harms defeated Brian Gabor, Tom Bennett, Scott McCoy and Richard Thomas in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 106, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harms 100% 38,516
Total Votes 38,516
Illinois House of Representatives, District 106 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harms 33.3% 5,846
Tom Bennett 28% 4,923
Brian Gabor 10.7% 1,877
Scott McCoy 22.9% 4,014
Richard Thomas 5.1% 893
Total Votes 17,553

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harms is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Harms raised a total of $54,070 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[6]

Josh Harms's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 106 Won $54,070
Grand Total Raised $54,070


Harms won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harms raised a total of $54,070.


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.[7]

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.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Harms and his wife, Rebecca, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Keith P. Sommer (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 106
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Bennett (R)