Susan Garrett

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Susan Garrett
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Illinois State Senate District 29
Former member
In office
2003 - 2013
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1998 – 2002
Bachelor'sLake Forest College
Date of birthFebruary 11, 1950
Place of birthLake Forest, Illinois
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Susan Garrett is a former Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. She has represented District 29 since 2003 and currently serves as a Majority Whip. Garrett was re-elected in November of 2008 with her term expiring in 2013. Before becoming a Senator, Garrett served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002.

Garrett graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Lake Forest College and was a former Marketing Consultant.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garrett served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Garrett served on these committees:



On November 4, 2008, Republican Susan Garrett won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 29. She ran unopposed receiving 72,911 votes.[2]

Illinois State Senate, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Susan Garrett (D) 72,911

Campaign donors


In 2008, Garrett collected $139,840 in donations.[3]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $11,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $7,000
Illinois State Medical Society $3,000
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals $2,000
Cable Television & Communications Association of Illinois $2,000
Bertram Miner $2,000
Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity $2,000
Friends of Harper $2,000
AT&T $2,000
Abbott Laboratories $2,000
Builders Association of Greater Chicago $2,000
Illinois Healthcare Association $2,000
Trustmark Insurance $2,000
Deep Blue Illinois $2,000
Humana $1,550
Doug & Mary Jo Basler $1,500
George Blossom III $1,500
James Glasser $1,000
Walgreens $1,000
Illinois State Dental Society $1,000


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."[4][5]


Garrett received a score of 57.14 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 30th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[5]

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District 29

Garrett represents Illinois Senate District 29. District 29 includes the Northeast Chicago suburbs of Lake Forest, Highwood, and North Chicago[6].


Susan is married to Scott Garrett. They have two children and reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 29
Succeeded by
Julie Morrison (D)