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Robert W. Pritchard
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Illinois House of Representatives District 70
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Appointed2003
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, 1967
Master'sUniversity of Illinois, 1968
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 2, 1945
Place of birthAurora, IL
ProfessionAgriculture Producer
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Robert W. Pritchard (b. February 2, 1945) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 70. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2003.

Biography

Pritchard earned his B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois in 1967 and his M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois in 1968. His professional experience includes working as an agriculture producer, Executive Director of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation, Director of Monsanto, and Extension Advisor at the University of Illinois.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education
Appropriations-Higher Education
Business Growth & Incentives
Elementary & Secondary Education
Higher Education
State Government Administration
Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pritchard served on the following committees:

Issues

Death penalty

At the beginning of the 2011 session, Kwame Raoul sponsored a proposal that will appeal the death penalty in Illinois. He faced opposition from the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.

Raoul cited 10 years of studies that demonstrate a broken criminal justice system.

“There’s got to be a point where you try and solve a problem,” said Raoul. “I think it’s high time the Illinois justice system catch up.”

In 2000, former Gov. George Ryan placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty, which has since been upheld. Three years later and two days before leaving office, he commuted the sentences of 167 Death Row prisoners.

Sheldon Sobol, Grundy County state's attorney and president of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association, said that the legislation was rushed through committee and that victims didn’t get a chance to be heard by lawmakers.

“When this bill is taken by the Legislature, they have not heard from the most important people that are impacted by this decision,” said Sobol.[2]

On January 6, 2011, the House narrowly passed the bill to abolish the death penalty. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it will be considered when that chamber returns to the Capitol next week.

Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 3539 with the required 60 votes after waging an earlier emotional, hour-long debate. However, the $20 million annual cost of death penalty cases that convinced state Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore to change his previous “no” vote to “yes.”

“I was on both sides of this issue. But then you think of the potential cost savings of this bill, and the state needs all of the savings we can get,” Verschoore said. “Besides, my wife was on me to vote for it.”

“Let’s instead put that money where it really matters,” said state Rep. Karen Yarbrough. “Let’s give law enforcement some training that they need to wage the fight against crime. Let’s give victims of these heinous crimes the support and services that they long deserve.”

Former FBI agent and state Rep. Jim Sacia could not be swayed. He recalled that Brian Dugan confessed to the 1985 killing of 7-year-old Melissa Ackerman in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

“We wouldn’t have had information on the heinousness of this crime had we not had the tool of the death penalty,” Sacia said.

Rep. Robert W. Pritchard said issues of life and death aren’t that cut and dried.

“I agree there are cases that we’d like to have that perpetrator put to death,” Pritchard said. “But it’s arbitrary how and who we pursue in those cases.”

Rep. William Burns agreed and noted that the death penalty has often been biased in its implementation.

“If you’re an African-American who kills a white victim, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than a white person who kills a black person,” Burns said. “That if you’re low-income, if you are uneducated, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than someone who has more education and more money.”[3]

Elections

2014

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Robert W. Pritchard ran unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pritchard won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 70. Pritchard was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert W. Pritchard Incumbent 100% 33,823
Total Votes 33,823

2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pritchard won re-election to the 70th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert W. Pritchard (R) 28,396 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Robert Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 70 receiving 35,501 votes, ahead of James Dusing (Green) who received 10,663 votes.[11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Pritchard (R) 35,501
James Dusing (G) 10,663

2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Robert Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 70 receiving 18,310 votes ahead of Democrat Charles Sauer who received 12,008 votes.[12]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Pritchard (R) 18,310
Charles Sauer (D) 12,008

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pritchard is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Pritchard raised a total of $936,730 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[13]

Robert W. Pritchard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 70 Won $165,737
2010 Illinois State House, District 70 Won $172,745
2008 Illinois State House, District 70 Won $165,149
2006 Illinois State House, District 70 Won $155,905
2004 Illinois State House, District 70 Won $277,194
Grand Total Raised $936,730

2012

Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pritchard raised a total of $165,737.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert W. Pritchard's campaign in 2012
Ameren$3,100
United Association of Journeymen And Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada$2,800
State Universities Annuitants Association$2,610
Illinois Realtors Association$2,300
John Deere & Co$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$165,737
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Pritchard raised a total of $172,745.

2008

Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Pritchard raised a total of $165,149.

2006

Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Pritchard raised a total of $155,905.

2004

Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Pritchard raised a total of $277,194.

Scorecards

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."[14][15]

2012

Pritchard received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[15]

Personal

Pritchard and his wife, Mary, have two children. She is Chair of the Church Finance Committee, President of the Agriculture Relations Council, and past President of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Assembly Board.[1]

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