Keith R. Wheeler

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Keith Wheeler
Illinois House of Representatives, District 50
In office
January 14, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
Campaign website
Keith Wheeler is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 50. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Wheeler graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experience includes being a small business owner.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations-General Service
Economic Development & Housing
Labor & Commerce
Public Utilities
Restorative Justice
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges


Campaign themes


Wheeler's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Economy
  • Excerpt: "It is truly disappointing that Illinois is ranked 48th among all of the states in job creation. This has a directly negative effect on our families and neighbors."
  • Business Environment
  • Excerpt: "The leadership in Springfield looks at the Illinois business community as if it is some kind of golden goose with infinite golden eggs. Instead, businesses are leaving Illinois in droves. We need new leadership to turn that around."
  • Budget/State Pension Costs
  • Excerpt: "There is no way that Illinois can continue to spend more than it takes in while allowing massive unfunded pension liabilities to remain growing unchecked."
  • Accountability & Integrity
  • Cooperation with Municipalities and School Districts
  • Fiscal Responsibility



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. Valerie L. Burd ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Keith R. Wheeler defeated Beth C. Goncher, Julie Cosimo and William F. Keck in the Republican primary. Wheeler then defeated Burd in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 50, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith R. Wheeler 67.9% 23,260
     Democratic Valerie L. Burd 32.1% 11,007
Total Votes 34,267


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Wheeler and his wife, Lisa, have one child together, and two stepchildren.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kay Hatcher (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 50
Succeeded by