Margo McDermed

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Margo McDermed
Illinois House of Representatives, District 37
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
Prior offices
Commissioner of Will County
J.D.DePaul University College of Law
Office website
Campaign website
Margo McDermed campaign logo
Margo McDermed is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 37. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

She currently serves as Commissioner of Will County.


McDermed earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Her professional experience includes working in the law department for the Amoco Corporation and British Petroleum.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations-General Service
Counties & Townships
Health Care Licenses
Intermodal Infrastructure
Juvenile Justice & System-Involved
State Government Administration


Campaign themes


McDermed's official website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Education
Excerpt: "We need to reform the way schools are funded in Illinois. I will be a strong and determined voice for our children and our schools when I am in Springfield. I have 2 grown children who attended our local public elementary and high schools. Both were National Merit winners who went on to the colleges of their choice and to work in the fields they chose. So I know first hand the importance of excellent, local schools. I want this same quality education to be there for the next generation of young people here in our towns and I will work for that every day I am in the Illinois House."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "There are so many things Illinois can do better to keep those jobs from fleeing our state at the current rate. Let’s not just reverse the flight, let’s add jobs.So how will I work to do that? Vote against retaining the temporary 67% increase in the state income tax. It’s been documented over and over that high tax rates drive down job creation."
Excerpt: "What else will I do? We absolutely need to reform workers’ compensation laws. Illinois has one of the 3 highest Workers’ Comp costs in the country. Everyone who is injured on the job needs to be made whole and abuse of the system and bureaucracy is preventing that from happening in Illinois. It is time for true reform of Workers’ Comp laws, not just some more window dressing."
Excerpt: "What else will I do to make sure Illinois retains and adds jobs? Illinois needs to reward small businesses, not just the big cats. It’s no secret that small firms, growing rapidly create 100% of new jobs. I will be a loud and determined voice for making sure Illinois tax and business policy does not penalize the true job creators, our small and growing businesses."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: I believe that in order to break Illinois’ downward, tax/spend spiral we need to cut spending by:
  • prioritizing needs
  • spending only what we have
  • cutting fraud and waste.
Excerpt: "We need to let the temporary tax increase sunset on schedule. By reducing personal and corporate tax rates we can stem the outflow of workers and jobs. The tax expiration will encourage business expansion and we can further improve the business climate with regulatory reform, including reform of Workers’ Compensation laws."



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. Nichole Serbin defeated August (O'Neill) Deuser in the Democratic primary, while Margo McDermed defeated Gayla Smith and Arthur Lukowski in the Republican primary. McDermed then defeated Serbin in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 37, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMargo McDermed 68.9% 26,168
     Democratic Nichole Serbin 31.1% 11,797
Total Votes 37,965



In 2014, McDermed's endorsements included the following:[1][7]

  • The Illinois Observer
  • State Representative Renee Kosel
  • Mayor Tim Balderman, New Lenox
  • Mayor Jim Holland, Frankfort
  • Mayor Frank Fleischer, Mokena
  • Jim Moustis, Frankfort Twp. Supervisor
  • Frankfort Township Republican Organization
  • Homer Township Republican Organization
  • Orland Township Republican Organization
  • County Board Member, Mike Fricilone
  • County Board Member, Steve Balich
  • County board Member, Dave Izzo


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McDermed and her husband, Edward, have two children. They reside in Mokena, Il.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Renee Kosel (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 37
2015 – Present
Succeeded by