Thomas R. Morrison

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Thomas R. Morrison
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Illinois House of Representatives District 54
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHillsdale College
Place of birthGlenview, Il
ProfessionNews Reporter, WGN-AM Radio
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Thomas R. Morrison is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 54. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Morrison earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Hillsdale College. His professional experience includes operating a SERVPRO franchise, and working as a radio news reporter, anchor and teacher.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-General Service
Business & Occupational Licenses
Personnel & Pensions


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Fiscal Discipline
Excerpt: "We must overhaul our public sector pension plans to make them sustainable for both participants and the taxpaying public. We also have to reform the Medicaid system to stop its runaway deficits from crushing the rest of the state’s spending priorities, like funding for transportation, education, and public safety."
  • Traditional Values
Excerpt: "Morrison understands that family values like the right to life and traditional marriage need to be preserved and protected in the public arena. He stands for second amendment freedoms and educational policies that empower parents and students to have greater options so they can maximize their potential and prepare for a lifetime of work opportunities."
  • Constituent Services
Excerpt: "Public office belongs to the people, and those who are elected must respect their constituents first and foremost and to serve them with integrity."



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. Laddi K. Singh ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Thomas R. Morrison ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Morrison then defeated Singh in the general election.[3][4][5][6]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Morrison won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 54. Morrison was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Richard S. Rudd (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas R. Morrison Incumbent 59.1% 27,123
     Democratic Richard S. Rudd 40.9% 18,786
Total Votes 45,909


Morrison won election in the state's November 2, 2010, general election, defeating Democrat Matt Flamm.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 54 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas R. Morrison (R) 19,521 61.90%
Matt Flamm (D) 12,013 38.10%

Political newcomer Morrison defeated incumbent Suzanne Bassi in the Republican Party's primary ballot on February 2, 2010. The upset victory of the challenger over the incumbent was described in a local newspaper as "stunning."[11]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Morrison is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Morrison raised a total of $270,534 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 22, 2013.[12]

Thomas R. Morrison's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 54 Won $80,646
2010 Illinois State House, District 54 Won $189,888
Grand Total Raised $270,534


Morrison won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Morrison raised a total of $80,646.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas R. Morrison's campaign in 2012
Morrison, Tom$6,030
Stand for Children$5,004
Otto Engineering$5,000
Uihlein, Richard E$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$80,646
Source:Follow the Money


Morrison won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Morrison raised a total of $189,888.


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."[13][14]


Morrison received a score of 100 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A+ according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[14]


Morrison and his wife, Bethany, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Suzanne Bassi
Illinois House of Representatives District 54
2011 – Present
Succeeded by